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Jiang Qing is depicted as a healthy, smiling young man on the extreme right of this poster that features the main leaders of the Cultural Revolution. She stands next to Chen Boda, Mao's long-standing private secretary (second from right). The other leaders on this poster are, from left, Kang Sheng, head of the Secret Service (and allegedly Jiang's erstwhile lover); Zhou Enlai, prime minister and secretary of state; Mao; Lin Biao, secretary of defense and the mastermind behind Mao worship; Chen Boda; and finally Jiang.

Stefan R. Landsberger