That explained why Zhou was allowed to serve out his five-year term last year.
After checking with Mao, Zhou treated our effort with scorn and derision.
Zhou, a staunch supporter of Bo, was rumored to have designated Bo as his successor inside the Politburo Standing Committee.
Speculations about a possible investigation into Zhou and his family began circulating on the internet months ago.
On our October 1971 trip Kissinger gave Zhou En-Lai our draft of a joint communiqué for the looming summit.
Human rights activists accused Zhou of turning the country into a de facto police state.
He had shown up at the Zhou house some eight days ago, as he had on earlier occasions, broke and in need of shelter.
Enraged by such reports, Zhou ordered multiple hacker attacks against key Chinese language media websites abroad last year.
When Jia claimed to be pregnant and demanded a marital commitment, Zhou promised to file for divorce in 2008.
At least one provincial newspaper that called her performance “a disgrace” later apologized to Zhou.