Reference Writers: Wang Hongwen

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Wang Hongwen (December, 1935 - August 3, 1992), was a Chinese labour activist and politician who spent most of his career in Shanghai. He was an important political figure during the Cultural Revolution (1966-76). He was the youngest member of the far-left political clique called the "Gang of Four." During the Cultural Revolution, Wang rose from a member of the working class to become one of the foremost members of national leadership of the Communist Party of China.

At the pinnacle of his power he was the Vice-Chairman of the CCP, and ranked third in the Communist Party's hierarchy. Following Mao's death in 1976, as a member of the so-called "Gang of Four", Wang Hongwen was arrested and charged with "counterrevolutionary activity," then sentenced to life imprisonment in 1981.



1973: Report on the Revision of the Party Constitution (Delivered at the Tenth National Congress of the Communist Party of China on August 24 and Adopted on August 28, 1973)