1980.7.15英国驻华外交官C O Hum向英国外交部报告了关于中共领导人的两条消息。
15 July 1980
R C Fursland Esq
LEADERS - DEAD AND ALIVE
1. I should record that on 12 July Kang Sheng was for the first time named as an associate of Lin Biao and the Gang of Four. His name came up twice in the eulogy delivered by Hu Yaobang at a memorial meeting for An Ziwen, a veteran Party functionary. Blame for the persecution of An in 1966 and 1969 was attributed respectively to "Lin Biao, Jiang Qing and Kang Sheng" and to Kang Sheng alone.
2. For well over a year, Kang has been under implied attack as "that adviser". In the arcane world of Chinese politics, to name him signifies that his wrong-doing is now beyond doubt and that he stands condemned. Whether he will also undergo some posthumous judicial process, such as that planned for Lin Biao, it is as yet hard to say. I consider it quite likely.
3. It is just worth mentioning that Hu's speech referred to the plots of Gao Gang and Rao Shushi to split the party. This gives the lie to rumours that these two, purged in 1954 for alleged conspiracy against Mao, were due to be rehabilitated.
4. Turning to the present leadership, I should record that the Japanese Parliamentary Vice-Minister of Foreign Affairs popped the question about Hua's future as Prime Minister when he met Vice-Premier Bo Yibo on 10 July. Bo said blandly "Comrade Hua will retain his party positions." The implications are clear enough.
C O Hum
copy to: R F Wye, Research Department, FCO
I C Orr, Assistant Political Adviser, Hong Kong