Today marks the 50th anniversary of the death (as reported) of the great Chinese revolutionary leader Lin Biao on September 13, 1971. The true circumstances of his death remain unknown.
It’s a good time to look back on his role in the Cultural Revolution in the five years from 1966-1971 and what his death signified for the development of the Chinese Revolution. The ramifications are still being felt today.
From Sam Marcy’s “The Cultural Revolution and the Fall of Lin Biao”:
The indictment against Lin and the others smacks of a police version of a great historical event. If Lin Piao was opposed to “the revolutionary foreign policy” — that is to an accommodation with the U.S. — it doesn’t necessarily follow that he is a Soviet revisionist and on such friendly terms with the Soviet Union as to be able to flee there. Rather, this opposition appears to verify the existence of a progressive opposition to the new foreign policy followed by the CPC.
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