Li Rui: Mao's secretary who fell from grace

17 February 2019 - 00:00 By The Daily Telegraph

Li Rui, who has died aged 101, was Chinese leader Mao Zedong's personal secretary for one-and-a-half years before he fell out of favour. He spent many years in labour camps and prisons yet continued to see himself as part of the Communist system and later used his status as a senior party official to campaign for democratic reforms.

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