A Former Mao Aide’s Diaries Spark a Custody Battle Over an Unofficial History of China – The Wall Street Journal
For 80 years, Li Rui, once a top aide to Mao Zedong, penned letters and diary notes detailing his long, topsy-turvy life near the center of the Communist Party. Before his death in 2019, Mr. Li’s daughter spirited the volumes out of China and into a California archive.
Now, “the Li materials” are the subject of a legal fight that pits Stanford University against Mr. Li’s widow in Beijing. It is a custody battle over an unofficial history of China.
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