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Mao Tse-Tung / Death / Reaction / United States / USSR / Taiwan #248344

CBS Evening News for Thursday, Sep 09, 1976
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(Studio) Chrmn. Mao Tse-tung dies at age of 82. China government says death result of worsening of illness. Mao's death expected to cause power struggle, which began with death of Premier Chou En-lai, to break into open.
REPORTER: Roger Mudd

(DC) State Department says Mao's death to have no immediate effect on China for. relations, but resultant power struggle could eventually change Chinese policy with regard to United States and USSR relations President Ford and Secretary of State Henry Kissinger confer before making statements. [FORD - notes trend of relations between United States and China (P.R.) under Mao and says he's confident trend will continue] [KISSINGER - says even Mao's successors don't know exactly what future holds and it's premature to speculate on it.] (Film of Chou En-lai's body lying in state, January 12, 1976.) Power struggle began with Chou's death; heir-apparent, Teng Hsiao- ping, set to take premier's place when he vanished and campaign launched against his policies. Hua Kuo-feng apptd. prime minister as 2 groups competed for power; power struggle and results noted. (Photo of resulting riots, April 5, 1976, shown.) Experts feel key to power now with Red army created by Mao.
REPORTER: Marvin Kalb

(Studio) Central committee of USSR Communist party sends telegram of condolence to China (P.R.), though Soviets have condemned Mao for 20 years Message came from highest level suggesting Soviets want to try once more to establish ties with China. In Taiwan, crowds cheer as radios announce Mao's death as good news. Comments of former President Richard Nixon noted.
REPORTER: Roger Mudd

Kalb, Marvin;
Mudd, Roger

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