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Mao Death / Power and Policy Changes / United States Relations / Successors #45625

ABC Evening News for Thursday, Sep 09, 1976
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(Studio) Mao's death may cause power struggle and policy changes in China (P.R.).
REPORTER: Harry Reasoner

(DC) United States State Department doesn't know what to expect of internal Chinese affairs or how US-China relations will continue [Secretary of State Henry KISSINGER - says it's believed main line of policies will continue, but is premature to speculate on future events.] Issue of United States presence in Taiwan and US-China normalization of relations noted; new regime may have different views.
REPORTER: Barrie Dunsmore

(Studio) USSR sends condolences to China (P.R.), but aren't likely to change attitude toward Mao and policies now.
REPORTER: Harry Reasoner

(Moscow, USSR ) USSR -China (P.R.) relations noted; various speculations re: improvement of relations cited.
REPORTER: Lynn Jones

(Studio) Immediate successor to Mao not expected. Ldrs. will probably rule by committee for while. ABC newsman John Scali reports 2 men appear to be front runners in contention for chrmship.: Acting Premier Hua Kuo-feng and acting secretary general of Communist party, Chang Ch'un-chiao. Effects of Mao's influence not really known, even in China (P.R.); answer may be years in coming as generation that has known no god but Mao grows up.
REPORTER: Harry Reasoner

(Portions of 1973 documentary entitled "The People's Republic of China" shown.) Describes education and indoctrination of Chinese children in Communist teachings of Chairperson Mao.
REPORTER: Ted Koppel (narrates)

Dunsmore, Barrie;
Jones, Lynn;
Koppel, Ted;
Reasoner, Harry

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