As expected, the death of Mao Tse-tung three months ago triggered a scramble for power in the top echelons of the Chinese government. A new Chairman has now emerged. What will the post-Mao era hold for China and for the world at large? At exactly 3 p.m. Peking time on September 18, one quarter of mankind stopped its work and stood in silence, heads bowed, for three long minutes. In an unprecedented display of mass grief at the conclusion of an official eight day period of mourning, 850 million Chinese quietly paid their last respects to their departed Chairman. Mao Tse-tung. The "Great Helmsman" – the only leader the Chinese had known since the People's Republic was proclaimed 27 years ago - was gone. Without a doubt he had made a greater impact on their nation than any other leader in centuries.
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