중국 관영 신화통신은 20일, 마오쩌둥의 후계자로 한 때 중국 공산당을 이끌었던 화궈펑이 사망했다고 보도했습니다.
신화통신은 화궈펑이 병명을 알 수 없는 지병으로 87세를 일기로 사망했다고 보도했습니다.
화궈펑은 1976년 마오쩌둥이 사망한 후 문화혁명 기간 동안 중국 공산당 주석과 총리직을 겸했으나 오래 집권하지 못 하고 1980년 총리직을 내놓았고 81년에는 공산당 주석 지위에서도 물러났습니다.
Chinese state media report former leader Hua Guofeng, Mao Zedong's chosen successor, has died.
News agencies said today (Wednesday) the 87-year-old Hua succumbed to an unspecified illness.
Hua came to power after Mao's death in 1976, becoming premier and chairman of the communist party during the turbulent Cultural Revolution. Shortly afterward, the leaders of the movement, known as the Gang of Four and including Mao's widow Jiang Qing, were arrested.
Hua's role in the arrests is unclear. The worst of the excesses of the period stopped, but Hua vowed to continue Mao's policies.
His rule was short, soon being eased out of power by economic reformist Deng Xiaoping. He stepped down as premier in 1980 and party chairman the next year.
He is said to have lived out the remainder of his life in relative obscurity.