Philip Pan: China Oversees Zhao Ziyang Funeral Arrangements

From the Washington Post: “The Chinese government took control of memorial arrangements for on Thursday, ending protracted and sensitive negotiations with his family about how to mark the death of the Communist Party chief ousted for opposing the 1989 Tiananmen Square crackdown.

Ten days after Zhao’s death at the age of 85, family members said the authorities had rejected their request to open the funeral service to the public and had instead scheduled a modest, invitation-only funeral Saturday morning at the Babaoshan Revolutionary Cemetery, the main resting ground for senior party officials located in western Beijing.”

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