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Lecture 10

Political Science 2103A/B Lecture Notes - Lecture 10: Zhou Enlai, Kashmir Princess, Communist Party Of China


Department
Political Science
Course Code
Political Science 2103A/B
Professor
Jun Fang
Lecture
10

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LECTURE – THE KASHMIR PRINCESS INCIDENT: TAIWAS FAILED
ASSASSINATION OF ZHOU ENLAI 1955
WHAT WAS THE EVENT?
oApril 11th, 1955
oKashmir Princess – Aircraft owned by India, exploded mid-air over the South China Sea
on its way from Hong Kong to Jakarta
o19 deaths, 3 survivors – all crew
crash landed on the water
majority – journalists on board, some members of Chinese delegation
obomb explosion – identified – occurred in the baggage compartment of the plan
one bomb
oTarget – Chinese premier Zhou Enlai
WHY?
oWhy destroy the Indian Aircraft?
Plane was originally supposed to carry the Chinese premier to a conference in
Indonesia
Changed plans last minute – prior knowledge of the attack
Plane, owned by India, rented by Communist China
oWhy target Zhou Enlai?
Third most important leader in China – Mao Zedong top
Chinese Communist Party
oStruggle between CCP & GMD/KMT (1924-49)
Relations with Taiwan and PRC/Communists – still rocky
Enlai
One of the most capable and longest surviving leader of Communist
Chinese leadership
Core member of the CCP since 1928 (1928-76)
Very charismatic, good reputation
Loss of Zhou = loss of the CCP/PRC
Undermine Zhou’s peaceful offensive in Bandung
Avenge Taiwan’s loss of recent islands
Drive a wedge between the UK and PRC
Worsen the US – PRC relations
HOW?
oMarch 1955
Taiwan got wind of Enlai’s planned trip to Indonesia and the rental of the KP
Assassination plot was approved by Jiang jieshi
GMD secret service HK team & HK airport cleaner Zhou Wen (Zhou Ju)
Another KMD agent(s) in the HK airport
Did Enlai know about the plot? Why did the PRC take any more action?
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