Sunday, March 25, 2007

Mao Zedong's last son dead at 84

Mao Anqing, the last remaining son of the late Chinese dictator Mao Zedong has died at age 84. According to biographers, Mao had intended to pass on leadership of China to Mao Anqing's elder brother, Mao Anying, before the elder son was killed during fighting in the Korean War.

The younger Mao, who suffered from a mental illness, was never considered to have a role in Mao's dynastic plans, and was shuffled to high ranking, if powerless, positions within the Chinese Communist Party throughout his entire life.