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Chinese party leaders expected to oust Hua

A high-level Communist Party meeting expected to lead to the removal of Mao Tse-tung's chosen successor, Hua Guofeng, from the party chairmanship began Monday, a senior official said. He did not give details of the meeting but said it was a Central Committee session.

Diplomats said the meeting would either be the long-awaited sixth plenum at which Mr. Hua would resign, or a work conference leading to it. The plenum, which will also approve a reassessment of Mao's merits and mistakes, must be held by July 1, the 60th anniversary of the party's founding, when the reassessment is due to be published.

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The plenum is expected to select party General Secretary Hu Yaobang to succeed Mr. Hua. Mr. Hu is a close political ally of Vice-Chairman Deng Xiaoping. He has been given a gradual buildup in the press and presided at the sta te funeral of Soong Ching Ling, widow of Sun Yat-sen.

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