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    Unconfirmed reports say that People's Republic of China leader Mao Tse-Thug has died. The reported?

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    Unconfirmed reports say that People's Republic of China leader Mao Tse-Thug has died. The reported cancellation of the traditional october I parade in Peking has led to the speculation. In the past the non-appearance of the Chinese leader at an important rally has been enough to raise speculation about his health. Observers say there are three possible reasons for the cancellation of the parade....Chairman Mao's death, changes in the top hierarchy in China, or the imminent visit by President Nixon. the last reason is given substance by speculation, particularly in Japan, that the American leader will go to China immediately after his trip to Alaska next Sunday.

    Visnews is reservicing its production 8358/69 first issued on September 22 1969. It's a short but comprehensive profile of the Chinese leader covering the years between 1927 and 1967. It's a profile of a man who has become a living symbol of inspiration to his people, and an enigma to many outside his country.

    SYNOPSIS: Mao Tse-Tung, leader of the People's Republic of China, is reported to have died. But the reports are unconfirmed and have been sparked by the cancellation of the traditional October I parade in Peking.

    Chairman Mao has been a major force in China's polities since the 1920s. His bloody struggle with Chiang Kai-Shek for control of the country was interrupted by the Japanese invasion of China in 1931. By 1937 when full scale war had broken out the Japanese rapidly advanced across the country capturing city after city including Shanghai.

    After Japan's defeat China was plunged into three years of civil war as the renewed battle raged between the forces of Mao and Chiang Kai-Shek. Mao won and was proclaimed Chairman of the People's Republic of China on October 1, 1949. By 1965 there were major differences between China and russia and in spite of visits by Soviet premier Kosygin the two nations remained unfriendly.

    The devotion shown to Mao by his people is almost without parallel. This swim in the Yangtze River in 1966 made world headlines.

    Another indication of the Chinese peoples' devotion to mao is the fervour with which they read his works called "The Thoughts of Chairman Mao".

    The world has had only rare glimpses of Mao recently. One was at the Communist Party Congress in 1969. More than 1,500 delegates from all over China warmly greeted Mao, Vice-Chairman Lin Piao and Prime Minister Chou En-lai.

    In 1959 Mao retired from the post of Chairman of the Republic but continued as Chairman of the Central Committee of the Communist Party.

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