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The Power Struggle, Following Mao's Death

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Transcript of The Power Struggle, Following Mao's Death

The Power Struggle
The Gang of Four

Ideology:

Radical
, pushing the indefinite continuation of the Cultural Revolution.
Following the Death of Mao Zedong
Deng Xiaoping
Zhou Enlai
Ideology:
Pragmatists.

Committed to modernization even if this involved engaging in practices that could be seen as capitalistic, as the ultimate goal was still the achievement of communism.
On the Right:

On the Left:
Deng, supported by Zhou until his death in January, 1976.
In the Middle:
Hua Guofeng, supported by Mao, until his death in September, 1976.
Ideology:
Described as a
"whateverist,"

as in, "whatever Mao says, whatever Mao does..."
Key Ally:
Mao Yuanxin
Mao Zedong's nephew, who served as his liason to the Politburo. He offered to provide military support for the Gang of Four's Planned Coup.
Key Ally:
General Ye Jiangying
Offerred Deng sanctuary in Canton after he was blamed for inciting the Qingming Festival protests. Later on Ye would lead the "tie-breaking" group within the Politburo.
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