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Tao Zhu was born in Qiyang, Hunan. He was Secretary of the Guangdong Provincial Committee. He participated in the "anti-hoarding campaign" in 1958. Within a year, he realized his mistake as his campaign was not able to discover stored food supplies in villages. Tao Zhu was a senior official in the Communist Party of China. He supported the Great Leap Forward and opposed Peng Dehuai. In 1965 he was moved to Beijing to replace Lu Dingyi as Director of the Central Propaganda Department when Lu was purged for not adhering strongly to the Maoist line. In May 1966, Tao Zhu was promoted to No. 4 in the party, behind Mao Zedong, Lin Biao and Zhou Enlai. His protégé, Zhao Ziyang, took over as head of Guangdong province. Tao was a Vice Premier of the State Council and Secretary of the Central Secretariat of the CPC. Tao and Zhao were among the most enthusiastic of the early pro-Red Guard CPC leaders. They quickly fell from favour because they tried to control the excesses of the radical leftists led by Zhang Chunqiao and Jiang Qing. Tao became a member of the Politburo Standing Committee at the Eleventh Plenum in August 1966. Zhou Enlai eventually intervened to arrange an operation, but by then Tao's cancer was too advanced to treat successfully. Tao's family was not allowed to see him either on his deathbed or after his death. He was posthumously exonerated in 1978, after Deng Xiaoping rose to power. Tao's daughter, Tao Siliang, became a Chinese politician in the late 1980s. She led several government initiatives in public health and the import of Western medical technology. He was remembered as a man of great integrity. He died in a car crash in 2008.
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