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Survivor of China's 1930s 'Long March' Dies at Age 101 - 2003-06-09

One of just a handful of women to take part in China's legendary Long March in the 1930s, Chen Zongying, has died at the age of 101.

The official Xinhua news agency reported Monday that Ms. Chen died May 31 in Beijing. Born in the southern province, Hunan, in 1902, Ms. Chen joined the Chinese Communist Party in 1932.

In 1934, Ms. Chen set out on the Red Army's Long March of more than 12,000 kilometers to escape the Nationalist forces of Chiang Kai-Shek. That journey helped established Mao Zedong as a revolutionary hero and it paved the way for the Chinese Communist victory in 1949.

After the founding of Communist China, Ms. Chen served on a government advisory board.