Much has been written about Chou En-lai, but very little about his political style--the special brand of the number-three Chinese leader's appeal and his genius for making himself indispensable to the regime. This paper focuses primarily on Chou's role during and after the Cultural Revolution, which serves as a model for his political style. It probes Chou's apparent public and private ambitions, his method of maneuver, his boundless energy, and his relationships with those inside and outside the Party. To sum up: though a strong Party man and personally uncharismatic, Chou is a master of the Machiavellian, "mainland China's most adroit politician," and could eventually share power with Lin Piao, Mao's heir-apparent to Mainland Chinese leadership. 22 pp.
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