Gang of Four

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The Gang of Four was a leftist faction of Chinese Communist Party officials led by Jiang Qing, Mao's last wife, which dominated Chinese political life in the final years of rule by Mao Zedong. Its members were Jiang Qing, Zhang Chunqiao, Yao Wenyuan and Wang Hongwen. Following Mao's death in 1976, the four were arrested and were put on trial in 1980-81. Jiang and Zhang received suspended death sentences, Yao twenty years imprisonment, and Wang life imprisonment.

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