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Zhang Qinli, a local Communist Party chief who was jailed after the Cultural Revolution and died in 2004, casts a shadow over the current leadership

3 months ago
Sky Canaves
n the political purge that followed the Cultural Revolution, Zhang was sentenced to 13 years in prison, and since his death he has become a hero of sorts among Maoists who challenge the official narrative of the period as an unqualified disaster for the country.
By Sky Canaves
Sky Canaves previously reported for The Wall Street Journal in Beijing and Hong Kong, where she covered media, culture, social issues, and legal affairs, and served as the founding editor and lead writer of the WSJ’s China Real Time site. Prior to becoming a journalist, Sky worked in the China corporate law practice of Baker & McKenzie, and she has also taught journalism and media law at the University of Hong Kong. She speaks Mandarin and has accumulated more than a decade's experience living, studying and working in China.