Deng's health is failing, daughter says

January 13, 1995|By New York Times News Service

BEIJING -- A daughter of China's paramount leader, Deng Xiaoping, said yesterday that her father's health had declined significantly in recent months and that he was unable to stand or walk.

The daughter, Xiao Rong, denied that he had entered a hospital, as a Japanese newspaper reported this week, and said that he remained at home at the family compound in Beijing. But her unusually frank remarks in an 80-minute interview did little to dispel concern that his death is near.

The health of Mr. Deng, 90, the most influential of a generation of leaders who came to power with Mao Tse-tung in 1949, has been the focus of intense international speculation in recent months as China prepares a transition to a younger generation of leaders.

Ms. Xiao's remarks about her father's condition are highly unusual for any relative of a Chinese leader to make. But as Ms. Xiao is traveling next week to New York and Paris to promote a biography of her father, she appeared eager to pre-empt the issue.

"I know the reason why everyone is so concerned about my father's health -- that's very clear," she said.

Baltimore Sun Articles
Please note the green-lined linked article text has been applied commercially without any involvement from our newsroom editors, reporters or any other editorial staff.