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China Plans National Cemetery Burial for Ousted Communist Party Leader


The former Chinese Communist Party leader who was ousted for his opposition to the 1989 Tiananmen Square crackdown will be buried in the nation's cemetery for national heroes.

Zhao Ziyang died Monday at the age of 85 after spending the last 15 years of his life under house arrest.

The government plans a funeral ceremony for him at the Babaoshan Revolutionary Cemetery, but the scale and timing of the event are not clear. That national cemetery is exclusively reserved for senior Communist Party officials.

Under heavy police presence, mourners have been paying their final respects at Mr. Zhao's Beijing residence during the past few days.

The government has so far released little information about his death.

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