In this week’s episode we get all the way up to the end of 1975.  With Zhou Enlai ailing and Mao Zedong also not long for the world, there is a sudden urgency to find a successor to the chairman.  Now more than ever the two opposing camps take every measure to defeat the other.  To the victor will go the leadership of the Chinese nation.  To the loser there is certain loss of power and perhaps of freedom.  Everything is building up to the fateful year of 1976.

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Marshal Chen Yi shown on the cover of Time Magazine February 26, 1965. His death in January of 1972 gave Mao the opening to show his old PLA comrades he needed them more than ever.