NBC Evening News for Tuesday, Oct 12, 1976
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(Studio) Is now official that Hua Kuo-feng is China (PR) successor to Mao Tse-tung. With official report are also reports of arrests of leftists, incl. Mao's widow, Chiang Ching.
REPORTER: David Brinkley
(Hong Kong) (Chinese television film shown.) Hua makes appearance at Peking airport with Vice-Premier Li Hsien-nien to meet visiting President of Papua New Guinea Michael Somare. Hua also recs. post of Chinese Communist party's mil. affairs committee ; significance of post noted. Rumor swept country just after announcement of Hua's selection as chairperson of house arrest of Chiang Ching and 3 associates for plotting coup which would put radical leftists in control of cntry.; if true, rumor put army behind pragmatists. Chinese officials won't answer questions with regard to arrests; reporter notes sometimes lack of flat denial significant in China.
REPORTER: Jack Reynolds
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