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Propaganda in China during the Cultural Revolution took on many

forms; there were mass Red Guard demonstrations in Tianamen Square in

support of Mao Zedong, pictures of Mao were put up in every

conceivable location from restaurants to the wallpaper in nurseries,

and pamphlets and books of Mao’s teachings were distributed to every

Chinese citizen. One of these propaganda publications Quotations from

Chairman Mao which later became known as the Little Red Book contained

quotes from Mao Zedong and was distributed to every Chinese citizen.

The history of the Red Book provides one of the best ways in which to

analyze Chinese propaganda during the Cultural Revolution and see the

ways in which the Chinese government was able to produce and

effectively indoctrinate the Chinese people with Mao Zedong Thought.

Official Chinese magazines from the period of 1967 to 1970 are filled

with many pictures of citizens holding, reading, and memorizing the

Red Book. This proposal will trace the rise and fall of images of the

Red Book in the official Chinese publication China Reconstructs. This

proposal will use a graphical analysis of pictures in this publication

from 1966 to 1973 to show that propaganda was not just a tool of the

Communist party but also a reflection of internal power struggles

within the party during the Cultural Revolution.

The Red Book was written several years before it became the

object of national adoration and a tool for the Cultivation of Mao’s

personality Cult. The history of the Red Book and its meteoric rise

from a hand book for military recruits to compulsory reading for all

Chinese citizens, is closely tied to its developer Lin Biao’s rise to

power. Lin Biao was born in 1907 and was fourteen years younger then

Mao; he joined the communist party in 1925 and until the communists

captured control of China was at various times in charge of resiezce

forces, and armies of communist soldiers. When the communists took

control in 1949 Lin Biao was behind Mao Zedong, Liu Shaoqi, Zhou

Enlai, Chen Yun, and Deng Xiaoping in rank (Yan and Gao, 1996: 179).

But eighteen years later during the height of the Cultural Revolution

Lin Biao by winning favor with Mao by publishing and championing the

Red Book and the Cult of Mao became second only to the Chairman in

power and position (Ming-Le, 1983: 80).

In 1959 Peng Dehua was dismissed as minister of defense and Lin

Biao was appointed in his place. At an armed forces meeting for high

cadres during September of that year Lin Biao, energetically started

promoting the Cult of Mao saying, “Learning the writings of comrade

Mao Zedong is the shortcut to learning Marxism-Leninism. Chairman

Mao’s writings are easy to learn and can be put to use immediately.

Diligent work will pay dividends many fold.” (Yan and Gao, 1996: 182)

His references to “shortcut” and “quick dividends” in his speech went

unnoticed at the time as few foresaw the effects of creating a

Cult around Mao. But looking back on the Cultural Revolution and Lin

Biao, we can see his using the Cult of Mao was indeed a shortcut that

produced huge dividends both for himself and for Mao.

Mao to the Chinese people was a symbol sovereignty and the

construction of socialism; to them praise for Mao was fitting with his

symbolic role in society. Starting in 1959 Lin Biao in front of

military audiences in order to help buildup support for the Cult of

Mao used such phrases as, “the dire necessity of acquiring Mao

Zedong’s thought,” “to study the writings of Mao Zedong with questions

in mind is to shoot arrows with target in sight,” “we must arm our

minds with Mao Zedong’s thought” (Yan an Gao, 1996: 181). Lin Biao’s

goal of building up both himself and the Cult of Mao lead him in

September of 1960 to pass a resolution at the meeting of the Military

Commission, which called for more political education among the armed

forces (Yan and Gao, 1996: 181)

“Mao Zedong Thought is the compass for the Chinese people’s

revolution and socialist construction, the powerful ideological

weapon against imperialism, and the powerful ideological weapon

against revisionism and dogmatism….. raise high the red banner

of Mao Zedong Thought, go further and mobilize the minds of all

officers and soldiers with Mao Zedong Thought, and resolve to make

sure that Mao Zedong Thought, and resolve to make sure that Mao

Zedong Thought is in command in all phases of work… Really learn

by heart the Mao Zedong Thought! Read Chairman Mao’s books, listen

to Chairman Mao’s words, follow Chairman Mao’s directives, and

serve as Chairman Mao’s good soldiers!”

Shortly after the passage of the resolution by Lin Biao, the fourth

volume of the selected works of Mao Zedong was published. On the

occasion of it being sold to the public Lin Biao wrote an article

calling upon all people in the military to read and study the works of

Chairman Mao and dedicate to memory Mao Zedong Thought (Yan and Gao,

1996: 183).

On April 1964 Lin Biao direct the military presses to publish a

selection of quotes from Mao in a Little Red Book. The book titled

Quotations From Chairman Mao was aimed at providing military recruits

a shortened version of Maoist thought (Yan and Gao, 1996: 183).

Military recruits before the publication of the Red Book were

encouraged to study the Selected Works of Mao Zedong. But this set of

books had grown so large (it’s four volumes contained over fifteen

hundred pages) many of the military’s recruits who were from peasant

backgrounds were unable to read its complicated articles. The Little

Red Book in contrast with its hand picked quotes and introduction by

Lin Biao was short with easy to read quotes. Before the publishing of

the Red Book the study of the Selected Works of Mao Zedong greatly

increased in the military this was in large part due to the

encouragement and directives issued by Lin Biao. In 1961 Lin Biao

while inspecting a contingent of troops said that the works of

Chairman Mao Zedong, were a guide to those in the military, “Every

lesson in political education must use the works of Chairman Mao

Zedong as an ideological guide.” (Yan and Gao, 1996: 183) Lin Biao

also directed the military press to publish sections from the Red Book

in the Liberation Army Daily the official publication of the PLA

(People’s Liberation Army). The Red Book provided many of the military

recruits who were mostly uneducated peasants with a grounding in

Maoist thought. The quotes selected in the Red Book such as, ” Carry

on the workers struggle, down with rightist revisionism” were

sufficient vague as to allow recruits to draw from the Red Book what

they wanted to. Lin Biao’s efforts to promote the study of Maoist

thought were done to win favor with Mao and increase his position in

the party (Tsou, 1986: 49).

Lin Biao’s cultivation of the Cult of Mao Zedong soon earned

him Mao’s notice. During a meeting in 1961 Mao applauded Lin Biao’s

work in the armed forces saying, “Recently comrade Lin Biao inspected

the forces as far down as the company level and showed underezding

of a good many things, including the problems of construction among

our forces, and he made very good suggestions about various tasks of

construction.” (Yan and Gao, 1996: 182) Lin Biao feeling that his work

at publicizing Mao’s teachings was paying off redoubled his efforts at

promoting Mao Zedong Thought. He insisted that quotes from Mao Zedong

could be used to accomplish tasks within the military and made the Red

Book required reading for all in the military (Tsou, 1986:50).

In January of 1962 the Part Central held an enlarged work

session called a seven thousand person meeting. This meeting was aimed

at rectifying the mistakes of The Great Leap Forward, and to promote

the economy. A large majority at the meeting criticized Mao Zedong;

but Lin Biao who believed that his future was inextricably linked to

that of Mao gave one of the lone speeches in support of Mao (Yan and

Gao, 1996: 182). Lin Biao said at the conference that the reason The

Great Leap Forward had not a success was because the dictates of

Chairman Mao had not been followed closely enough. After the economy

started to improve in 1963 and Mao gained back wide support Mao looked

back and remembered that Lin Biao was one of the few who had stood by

him and did not criticize him during the Party Central meeting. This

event shows how Lin Biao was a shrewd political thinker who saw that

his future was connected with that of Mao and winning Mao’s approval.

By 1962 Lin Biao’s chief tool at achieving this objective was the

promotion of Mao Zedong Thought (Dutt and Dutt, 1970: 63).

After May of 1961 the Liberation Army Daily followed Lin

Biao’s directive and printed selection’s from the Selected

Works of Mao Zedong. By May of 1964 with a further directive from Lin

Biao the general publication department of the Liberation Army, edited

and published the Red Book accompanied by the publication of the

selected reader of the workers of Mao suggested by Lin Biao (Yan and

Gao, 1996: 183). The Red Book had an inscription on its cover written

in calligraphy by Lin Biao that read, “Study Chairmen Mao’s writings,

follow his teachings, and act accordingly” (Kraus, 1991: 109). The

fact that the inscription on the Red Book was in Lin Biao’s

handwriting was significant in that it symbolized the connection

between the Red Book, Lin Biao, and the Cult of Mao. Both of these

publications were published in large quantities and distributed

among the armed forces. There now was a fervor for the studying of

works by Mao in military ranks, illiterate soldiers were able to

recite long passages from memory and military troops studied the Red

Book during their breaks. With such a backdrop Lin Biao recognized

that the time was right for increasing his position within the party.

The cultivation of the Cult of Mao had support from Mao Zedong and

when he started the Cultural Revolution in August of 1966 Mao saw that

Lin Biao’s thought education in the military could be applied to the

whole nation (Rodzinski, 1988:96).

The period before the Cultural Revolution provides some very

important insights into the development of the Red Book and of Lin

Biao’s connection to the Red Book. In the period before August of 1966

the Red Book was not read by those outside of the military. A

graphical analysis of pictures before 1967 shows that the Red Book was

not a widely used method of propaganda as it did not appear in many

pictures and the pictures it did appear in were of soldiers in the

PLA. Although studying Maoist thought was important during the period

prior to the Cultural Revolution in society as a whole it was not very

important. There are several reasons: First, there was no reason to

Cultivate the Cult of Mao Zedong Thought during this time, Mao prior

to 1966 was not trying to lead any mass movements in which he would

need popular support. The Great Leap Forward and the anti-rightist

campaign’s came during times in which Mao was powerful within the

party so he did not need wide spread support outside of the central

command. Second, Mao prior to the Cultural Revolution was more

interested in promoting communist economics then ideology. Mao

promoted The Great Leap Forward which was not a ideological campaign

but instead an economic campaign to promote industrialization

(Rodzinski, 1988:74). And in the period from 1961 to 1965 Mao was

chiefly concerned with getting the economy back on track following the

disastrous Great Leap Forward. But by 1966 the economy of China was

back on track and Mao had once more gained back the support of the

central leaders of the communist party.

The Cultural Revolution launched in 1966 lasted depending on

the author until 1971 or 1976 and was initiated by Mao Zedong to renew

the spirit of the Chinese Revolution. Fearing that China would develop

along the lines of the Soviet model and concerned about his own place

in history, Mao threw China into turmoil in a monumental effort to

reverse what Mao saw as a rightist movement within China.

During the 1960’s tensions with Russia increased and Mao

became convinced that the Russian Revolution had stalled and become

rightist, Mao feared that China was following the same path (Yan and

Gao, 1996: 7). Mao theorized that to keep China from becoming social

stratified and elitist the process of continuos revolution had to be

initiated by the government. To Mao the Cultural Revolution that he

initiated had four goals: to replace party members with leaders more

faithful to his thinking; to reenergize the Chinese Communist party

and Purge the rightists; to provide China’s youth with a revolutionary

experience; and to change society such that specific systems such as

education, healthcare, and cultural systems such as opera and music

became less elitist (Mitchell and Kua, 1975: 465).

Mao launched the Cultural Revolution at the Eleventh Plenum

of the Eighth Central Committee in August 1966. In the following weeks

Mao shut down the schools in order to allow young people to take part

in the revolution (Mitchell and Kua, 1975: xii). Mao also established

a national mobilization of the countries youth. They were organized

into Red Guard groups and encouraged to attack all tradition values,

symbols, and leaders who were rightist or bourgeois. Mao believed that

the attacks would both provide the youth with a revolutionary

experience thus continuing the cycle of continuos revolution and they

would strengthen the party by removing the rightist elements. Mao also

saw the Cultural Revolution as a way to strengthen his own political

base because the Red Guards acted to remove all who opposed Mao

Zedong. The movement quickly escalated; intellectuals party officials,

teachers, and the elderly were both physically attacked and verbally

abused made to wear dunce caps in the streets and to denounce

themselves. Temples, restaurants, and all signs of old values were

ransacked by the Red Guard youths. The Cultural revolution put middle

school and high school students in charge of the nation and like a

version of Lord of the Flies the nation fell into anarchy and


The Cultural Revolution also lead to changes within the

structure of the communist party. Before the Cultural Revolution

Liu Shaoqi was Mao Zedong’s designated successor, but during the early

stages of the Cultural Revolution Shaoqi and Deng Xiaoping and many

others who Mao deemed as being rightists were removed from the party.

In their place Mao installed those who had been most loyal to him in

the past; one of those men was Lin Biao (Dutt and Dutt, 1970: 80).

Mao rightly saw that the best way to provide both direction

for the Red Guards and to make himself immune from their attacks upon

party official would be to foster a personality Cult. Thus under the

guidance of Lin Biao who after Liu Shaoqi was removed; become the

successor to Mao Lin Biao helped foster a personality Cult for Mao.

Lin Biao used the same types of techniques that he used in the army to

help foster this Cult of Mao. Lin Biao used the same organization to

disseminate propaganda that he had devised for the Army. Lin Biao

continued to head the army till his death in 1971 but his role was

expanded as he became the high priest of the Cult of Mao (Yan and Gao,

1996: 334). The reading of the Red Book was encouraged by both Mao,

party directives written by Lin Biao, Chen Boda, and Kang Sheng who

during the Cultural Revolution became Mao’s closest advisors. All

three of these advisors worked tirelessly to promote the Cult of Mao

because they saw it as their way to curry favor with Mao Zedong and

their efforts met with whole hearted approval. Mao in an interview

near the end of the Cultural Revolution commented that Krushchev could

have avoided loosing his power if he had created an appropriate Cult

for himself (Yan and Gao, 1996: 313).

Mao relied on the power of propaganda to enlarge his Cult

during the Cultural Revolution. The Red Book became his most powerful

weapon. Quotations from the Red Book replaced the usual front page

section entitled today’s important news in the People’s Daily. Various

other newspapers and journals increased their coverage of Mao Zedong

printing his speeches, pictures, and quotes. Some even retold stories

of his days fighting the Japanese and the KMT (Yan and Gao, 1996:

215). The major newspapers in June of 1966 started writing editorials

and stories encouraging the public to study the thought of Chairman

Mao by reading . On June 6 both the Liberation Army Daily and the

People’s Daily simultaneously published a front page article calling

on the Chinese people to study Mao Zedong Thought and reading Selected

Works of Mao Zedong. The headline read, “Raise high the Great Red Flag

of Mao Zedong, Carry to the end the great proletariat revolution.”

(Yan and Gao, 1996: 215) It was no coincidence that the Liberation

Army Daily and the People’s Daily both carried the same story about

increasing Mao Zedong thought study. It symbolized the rise in power

of Lin Biao who with the start of the Cultural Revolution and the

expulsion of Liu Shaoqi had increased his power within the communist

party. Lin Biao’s ideas of education and indoctrination into Maoist

thought had with the publishing of the story in the People’s Daily in

June of 1966 moved from the army to all of China. From this point on

until he lost favor with Mao in 1970 Lin Biao became the cheerleader

of the Cult of Mao directing the national frenzy that enveloped China

with its adoration of Mao Zedong (Dutt and Dutt, 1970: 80).

Under the leadership of Lin Biao the leading newspapers in

China printed stories urging readers to read the works of Mao. As of

yet the only books available to the public was the four volume long

Selected Works of Mao Zedong; the Red Book had not yet become

available to the pubic. In the fall of 1966 the People’s Daily

published such headlines as, ‘Mao Zedong thought is the red sun within

our bosom,” and stories in newspapers were filled with such lines as,

“Chairman Mao’s books are not gold, but are more precious then gold;

not steel, but stronger then steel.” (Yan and Gao, 1996: 183) Pictures

from this time depicted happy Chinese citizens reading pamphlets by

Mao such as the, “Man Who Moved The Mountain.” But as of yet the

number of pictures in 1966 that pictured Red Books was limited and

only included members of the armed forces. But the stories in the

newspapers and other propaganda put out by the government such as

radio broadcasts stirred up a great fever in support of Mao and the

study of Mao Zedong Thought. On August 12 following the Eleventh

Plenum of the Eighth party congress copies of The Selected Works of

Mao Zedong were distributed at major universities before they were

shut down to prepare for the Cultural Revolution. During the rest of

1966 newspapers reported daily on the sale on The Selected Works of

Mao Zedong. The government lowered the price of the set of books to

two yuan so that every person could posses a copy of the Selected

Works. Sales were brisk then starting in January of 1967 Lin Biao made

Quotations From Chairman Mao available to the public. Everyone

immediately wanted to buy it. Group study sessions of the book

became common. At many Red Guard rallies during the next several years

Red Guard troops set whole pages of the book to song (Yan and Gao,

1996: 248). Lin Biao ordered the presses of China to print millions of

copies of the Red Book and distribute them to the public. The Chinese

media encouraged the reading of the Red Book by printing stories

extolling the virtues of those who committed the book to memory. (Yan

and Gao, 1996: 249)

Granny Liu spent days and nights studying the works of Chairman

Mao. When she forgot, she called other to teach her.

Granddaughter Yuhzen slept with her and would thus be awakened

ten times a night. Even though the granddaughter could not sleep

well, Granny Liu would say endearingly to her, “Yuhzen, one more

word you can teach granny is one more measure of loyalty to

Chairman Mao and one more bullet for Liu Shaoqi.”….Granny Liu

also eagerly disseminated Mao Zedong Thought. For more than sixty

years she, had not known how to sing. Now, learning from her

daughter and granddaughter, she sang every where….Proudly

Granny Liu said, “This old women can’t really handle a tune. But

what I sing is my feeling for Chairman Mao. When I disseminate

Mao Zedong Thought, the more I sing the younger I get.”

Thus from January of 1967 to Lin Biao’s death and the end of

the Cultural Revolution everyone in China it seemed wanted to be a

Granny Liu; a person who worked for the greater glory of Mao Zedong

and China. The Red Book provided the Chinese people both with a basic

although cryptic introduction to Maoist thought and it also provided

them with a connection to their leader. Lin Biao was able to

successfully indoctrinate the entire nation not just in an idolization

of Mao but also in a frenzied studying of his quotes.

The period from 1966 to 1971 is marked by Chinese

publications filled with pictures of Chinese citizens studying the

Red Books on communes, in fields, in classrooms, at rallies, and at

ad-hoc study groups that met from along the Pearl River in the south

of China to the plains of Tibet. The number of pictures in China

Reconstructs of people holding Mao books increased from just a trickle

prior to 1967 to almost fifty percent of all at the Height of the

Cultural Revolution. Along with this upward trend in the number of Mao

books was an increasing number of flattering articles about Lin Biao.

One article in 1968 called him both a valiant fighter for the

revolution and a loyal follower of Mao. The irony of this quote was

probably missed by most readers at the time but looking back it was

Lin Biao who created the Cult of Mao to further his own goals within

the communist party and not Lin Biao’s goals of helping Mao. The

percentage of pictures of the Red Book and articles about Lin Biao

during this time reflected not just the frenzy over the Cult of Mao in

China but also the power of Lin Biao it was through his work that the

Red Book became a talisman for the Chinese people.

Chinese citizens read the Red Book because of the appeal and

aura that surrounded it. The Red Book connected individual Chinese

citizens with their leader. It enabled the average citizen who would

never meet Mao in their lifetime to possess a piece of him and his

words. During the Cultural Revolution Mao became a god in the eyes of

the Chinese people no criticism of him could be tolerated, nor the

slightest deviation from his instruction permitted. Every word he

uttered was taken as truth he became in effect a living Buddha, and

like Buddha his writings became like sutra’s. His quotes like passages

from the sutra’s were memorized, chanted, set to song, and reproduced

on billboards and on the beams of houses. (Rodzinski, 1988:121) The

Red Book became during the Cultural Revolution a holy sutra carried by

every citizen everywhere and studied endlessly. Some would say that

the Red Book became the bible of the Cultural Revolution but this

theory has several flaws. First, if this is true then the Mao would be

the Jesus Christ of his time, but Mao unlike Jesus reached

unquestioned power during his lifetime and unlike Jesus had no one

above him; Mao was god not the son of god in China. Second, the Red

Book is not parallel to the bible in its symbolism. The bible is not

committed to memory by most Christians unlike the sutras which

Buddhists learn long passages from. Mao followed in the footsteps of

the Buddhist framework of religious organization. Under the Cultural

Revolution Buddhism and Confucianism were wiped out, Red Guards

destroyed Buddhist temples and tortured monks; but in this religious

vacuum Mao placed himself as Buddha and his writings as Sutra’s.

The Red Book during the Cultural Revolution provided a

semblance of structure and unity in the chaos of the time. Even though

rival Red Guard factions frequently clashed and the nation was thrown

into turmoil the Red Book acted as a bond between the Chinese; they

were all followers of Mao even as their nation dissolved into anarchy.

The Red Book provided a framework in which for people to criticize

others and also a bond between citizens, the party, Red Guards, and

Mao. The study of the Red Book also provided a de-facto type of

education while the schools were shut down. People learned to read

in study groups while learning the Red Book’s quotes. In these ways

the Red Book was valuable in that it created a type of

order out of the chaos of the Cultural Revolution.

One of the fascinating things about the Red Book was that

nearly ever Chinese citizen possessed one but only a few of them could

read it. This was one of the things that made the Red Book so popular

was that it created with the idea that the Chinese populace was

educated while many remained illiterate. This was one of the reason

study groups were formed; so that a reader could read the Red Book to

a group of illiterate peasants who would then memorize long passages

so that they could feign literacy. In many places all other books but

those by Chairman Mao were banned. Reading in Chinese society was held

in high esteem even under communism and the idea of each citizen being

a scholar was an appealing idea to both the peasants and served the

purposes of Lin Biao who saw that the more widely the Cult of Mao and

Mao Zedong Thought was spread the more his power would increase.

But by 1970 the end of the Cultural Revolution had begun.

Many within the party believed the Cultural Revolution had gone to

far, destroyed to much, and were scared that they would become the

next party member to be openly criticized by Red Guards. Lin Biao’s

success in promoting the teachings of Mao made him the successor to

Mao starting in August of 1966 but his role was formalized in at the

Ninth Party Congress convened in April of 1969 (Ming-Le, 1983: 49).

After this Lin Biao tightened the grip of the military on Chinese

Society. Lin Biao maneuvered to take advantage of the Sino-Soviet

Border clashes in the spring of 1969 to declare martial law. Lin Biao

quickly encountered opposition to his growing power. Mao himself

became concerned about what he saw as a successor to eager to assume

power, and starting in the fall of 1970 Mao maneuvered to limit the

power of Lin Biao (Ming-Le, 1983: 47-52).

In August of 1970 a national conference was held called the

Second Plenum which was a conference of people chosen at the 1969

national conference to decide national policy. The Second Plenum was

held in Lushan and chaired by Mao Zedong. At this conference Lin Biao

maneuvered to make himself president of the republic. His clique of

followers which included Chen Boda circulated such statements as, “Lin

Biao is an uncommon genius he is one of the great teachers like Marx,

and Lenin and Mao” (Ming-Le, 1983: 50) Lin Biao saw that holding the

office of the presidency which became vacant after the death Liu

Shaoqi in 1969 was a tool by which he could assume control over China

and fulfill his lifetime ambition. On August 25, 1970 Mao convened the

conference and upon hearing of Lin Biao’s plan destroyed it in a

matter of two days. Mao did this in three ways. First, he sentenced

Chen Boda to self-examination, this was a clear warning to Lin Biao to

stop his grab for power. Second, Mao threatened the members of the

conference by saying that he would leave if they brought up the issue

of the presidency. Third, Mao wrote in a public letter called, “Some

Views of Mine,” a criticism of those who claim but do not really

underezd Marxism. This letter was clearly speaking about Lin Biao

although it did not say so directly. The conference at Lushan was a

turning point for Lin Biao is symbolized his fall from the graces of

Mao because of what Mao perceived as his impatience to become

president. Mao was able to effectively eliminate Lin Biao as a threat

by joining forces with Zhou Enlai and by isolating Lin Biao’s

assiezt Chen Boda. (Yan and Gao, 1996: 309) By January of 1971 Lin

Biao was no longer in Mao’s clique of advisors and Mao further

diezced himself from Lin Biao and his work at creating a cult of Mao

by saying in December of 1970 that he felt the cult created around him

had grown to large (Yan and Gao, 1996: 313), what happened between

then and Lin Biao’s death in September of the year is the object of

much speculation. The official Chinese government’s story is that Lin

Biao died on September 13, 1971, in an airplane crash in Mongolia as

he was fleeing to the Soviet Union after having plotted unsuccessfully

to overthrow Mao. According to this account during the whole of 1971

Lin Biao was organizing a coup among military officers. This account

is very much in doubt and their is much speculation that Lin Biao

after falling out of favor with the party leadership was assassinated

by communist party (Ming-Le, 1983:228). This has been reinforced by

Mongolian reports in 1990 that say that Lin Biao a was not on the

plane that crashed in 1971.

*** Please see the rest of this paper and the bibliography at ***

*** http://www.fas.harvard.edu/dberger/papers/t1.htm***

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