Lin Piao


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Lin Piao

 (lĭn′ pyou′, byou′)

Lin Piao

(ˈlɪn ˈpjaʊ) or

Lin Biao

n
(Biography) 1908–71, Chinese Communist general and statesman. He became minister of defence (1959) and second in rank to Mao Tse-tung (1966). He fell from grace and is reported to have died in an air crash while attempting to flee to the Soviet Union
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MacArthur also cited an official leaflet published by the Red Chinese government in which General Lin Piao bluntly acknowledged: "I would never have made the attack and risked my men and military reputation if I had not been assured that Washington would restrain General MacArthur from taking adequate retaliatory measures against my lines of supply and communication.
This account omits the Chinese command structure, particularly in ignoring the reasons why Peng Te-huai eventually succeeded Lin Piao as commander of the People's Volunteers.
Lin Biao is hardly a household name anymore, but as the Chinese Minister of Defense in 1965 (he was Lin Piao then), he caused a stir with a speech, later published as a pamphlet, exhorting, "Long live the victory of people's war