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200,000 may be hit by Chinese purge

By With Analysis From Monitor Correspondents Around The World, Edited By Susan Garland / February 10, 1982



Peking

Vice-Chairman Deng Xiaoping's purge of Chinese leftists, corrupt officials, and bureaucrats took on massive proportions with reports that hundreds of thousands of officials will be sacked or sent to factories.

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One newspaper said a third of China's central government personnel -- about 200,000 people -- would be eliminated through mergers of ministries and departments.