Wang Guangmei, China’s Former First Lady, Died

October 15, 2006 at 10:15 pm (China, Politics)


Wang Guangmei, wife of Liu Shaoqi, former president of People’s Republic of China, die in Beijing on Oct. 13, Singtaonet said. Wang’s death was still not publicized in China.

The legendary former first lady was jailed and tortured for 12 years after his husband was removed illegally by Mao Zedong in the Culture Revolution. Liu was once considered the successor of Mao, but his moderate economic policies and rising political position displeased Mao, who remove Liu and further more, expelled him from the Communist Party. Liu died tragically, humiliated as a “traitor”, a “scab”, and “the biggest capitalist roader in the Party”.

Graduated from Fu Ren University (北京辅仁大学), Wang was named as “Queen of Math” and “the first master of atom physics”. Wang spoke French, English and Russian. Her brother, Wang Guangying, was the vice chairman of National People’s Congress and the founder of China Everbright Group, one of the biggest state-owned conglomerates.

Wang Guangmei’s death became particularly sensitive as this year is the 30th anniversary of Mao Zengdong’s death. To commemorate it, the central government just held a nation-wide memorial.


– Also read report from China Times (Chinese)

– Taiwan’s United Daily published two stories (Chinese), one about Mao Zedong and Liu Shaoqi, one about Wang Guangmei and Jiangqing, Mao’s infamous wife.



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