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Cultural  Revolution - Gang of Four Ceramics
After the death of Mao Ze Dong in 1976, there was an inevitable struggle for power. The hard line element was led by his widow, Jiang Qing. Along three young Shanghai politicians Zhang Chunqiao, Wang Hongwen, and Yao Wenyuan. They tried to seize power as Mao grew sick but in September 1976, just one month after his death, the 'Gang of Four' were arrested. They never got out again. Deng Ziao Ping launched his economic reform policy in the late 1970s and the radicals, who wanted to return to the full fury of the Cultural Revolution of the 1960s, were even more alienated. The coup failed and the Gang of Four were arrested. Publicly tried in 1980, they were found guilty of treason and sentenced to life imprisonment. Jiang Qing died in 1991 and was thought to have been poisoned. Some experts have even suggested that the 'Gang of Four' is really 'the Gang of Five', with Mao as the missing figure but lurking presence. This color ceramics were made during the prime political career of the Gang of Four, and is now considered illegal to distribute in China. A contemporary comparison has been made in the Western world between the current Chinese central government’s power structure and the Gang of Four, as major Chinese politicians, headed by the formal prime minister Jiang Ze Min, are once again, Shanghai born politicians.


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