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Hua Guofeng

1921 - 2008

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Hua Guofeng (; born Su Zhu; 16 February 1921 – 20 August 2008), alternatively spelled as Hua Kuo-feng, was a Chinese politician who served as Chairman of the Chinese Communist Party and Premier of the People's Republic of China. The designated successor of Mao Zedong, Hua held the top offices of the government, party, and the military after the deaths of Mao and Premier Zhou Enlai, but was gradually forced out of supreme power by a coalition of party leaders between December 1978 and June 1981, and subsequently retreated from the political limelight, though still remaining a member of the Central Committee until 2002. Born and raised in Jiaocheng, Shanxi, Hua was educated at the Jiaocheng County Commercial School and joined the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) in 1938, seeing action in both the Second Sino–Japanese War and the Chinese Civil War as a guerrilla fighter. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Hua Guofeng has received more than 1,718,379 page views. His biography is available in 58 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 54 in 2019). Hua Guofeng is the 884th most popular politician (up from 1,048th in 2019), the 56th most popular biography from China (up from 71st in 2019) and the 32nd most popular Chinese Politician.

Hua Guofeng was most famous for being the successor to Mao Zedong as the leader of China after Mao's death.

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Among politicians, Hua Guofeng ranks 884 out of 15,577Before him are Friedrich Ratzel, Pepin of Herstal, Pietro Badoglio, Barbara of Cilli, Shamil, 3rd Imam of Dagestan, and Andrei Gromyko. After him are Cato the Younger, Scorpion II, Anastasius I Dicorus, Diane de Poitiers, Prince Andrew of Greece and Denmark, and Thutmose II.

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Among people born in 1921, Hua Guofeng ranks 13Before him are Jean-Bédel Bokassa, Michael I of Romania, Suharto, John Rawls, Fawzia Fuad of Egypt, and Yves Montand. After him are Fahd of Saudi Arabia, Joseph Beuys, Giulietta Masina, Sophie Scholl, Simone Signoret, and Gunnar Nordahl. Among people deceased in 2008, Hua Guofeng ranks 13Before him are Arthur C. Clarke, Irena Sendler, Suharto, Samuel P. Huntington, Charlton Heston, and Albert Hofmann. After him are Sydney Pollack, Jørn Utzon, Harold Pinter, Richard Widmark, Miriam Makeba, and Richard Wright.

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Among people born in China, Hua Guofeng ranks 56 out of 1,392Before him are Shunzhi Emperor (1638), Sun Quan (182), Liu Shaoqi (1898), Emperor Gaozu of Tang (566), Cao Pi (187), and Sima Yi (179). After him are Jiang Qing (1914), Emperor Yao (-2324), Guangxu Emperor (1871), Zhang Fei (167), Emperor Yingzong of Ming (1427), and 5th Dalai Lama (1617).


Among politicians born in China, Hua Guofeng ranks 32Before him are Shunzhi Emperor (1638), Sun Quan (182), Liu Shaoqi (1898), Emperor Gaozu of Tang (566), Cao Pi (187), and Sima Yi (179). After him are Jiang Qing (1914), Emperor Yao (-2324), Guangxu Emperor (1871), Emperor Yingzong of Ming (1427), 5th Dalai Lama (1617), and Jiaqing Emperor (1760).