Mao Ze­dong’s ex-se­cu­rity chief dies age 100

The China Post - - LIFE GUIDE POST -

A for­mer se­nior of­fi­cial of the Chi­nese Com­mu­nist Party (CCP), Wang Dongx­ing, died at age 100 early on Fri­day, said the gen­eral of­fice of the party’s cen­tral com­mit­tee.

Wang, who was in charge of Chair­man Mao Ze­dong’s se­cu­rity for years, died at 5:28 a.m. in Bei­jing.

He was praised as “an ex­cel­lent CCP mem­ber, time-tested loyal Com­mu­nist fighter and pro­le­tar­ian revo­lu­tion­ist,” the state­ment from the gen­eral of­fice said.

Since 1968, Wang had served as di­rec­tor of the cen­tral of­fice of the CCP cen­tral com­mit­tee and the party chief of the cen­tral se­cu­rity bureau, and chief of the gen­eral staff’s se­cu­rity bureau.

Wang was vice-chair­man of the CCP from 1977 to 1980.

Born in Jan­uary 1916 in Yiyang County, Jiangxi province, Wang joined the CCP in 1932 at the age of 12. He shoul­dered the task to pro­tect Mao in 1947.

In the fol­low­ing years, Wang served as com­man­der of Unit 8341, a spe­cial force to safe­guard the na­tional lead­ers.

Wang was in charge of Mao’s se­cu­rity dur­ing sev­eral trips, in­clud­ing his visit to the Soviet Union in De­cem­ber 1949.

It has been widely quoted in main­land Chi­nese media that Mao com­mented on Wang, say­ing that “he has been fol­low­ing me all the time. I don’t trust other peo­ple. I am used to hav­ing him by my side.”

Wang played a cru­cial role in the purge of the “Gang of Four,” in­clud­ing Mao’s last wife Jiang Qing, in Oc­to­ber 1976, a month af­ter Mao died.

Wang was pro­moted to vicechair­man of the party the fol­low­ing year and re­signed in 1980. In 1982, he was elected as an al­ter­nate mem­ber of the CCP cen­tral com­mit­tee at the 12th CCP Na­tional Congress. He worked as a mem­ber of the cen­tral ad­vi­sory com­mis­sion in the late 1980s.

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