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The days after Mao’s death 40 years ago saw a power struggle over what to do with his corpse

1 month ago
Sky Canaves
ao wanted to be cremated but the request was ignored by his widow, Jiang Qing, who wanted to see him embalmed and displayed in the manner of other Communist leaders, such as Vladimir Lenin and Ho Chi Minh.
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.