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The Purge of Lo Jui-Ch'ing: The Politics of Chinese Strategic Planning

Author: Harding, Harry
Author: Gurtov, Melvin
Corporate Author: Rand Corporation
Corporate Report Number: R-548-PR
Date of Publication: 1971-02
Pages: 63
Contract: F44620-67-C-0045
Project: Project Rand
AD Number: AD0722370

By purging Lo Jui-ch'ing, Chief of Staff of the Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA), in December 1965, the Maoists were able to eliminate a politician whose opposition to Mao was suggested by his persistent, public dissent on basic strategic and domestic politics. The report presents an explanation of Lo's purge by linking the documents of the Vietnam debate and the revelations of internal politics during the Cultural Revolution. Implications for present and future Chinese policymaking are discussed.

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