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Zhao Ziyang

1919 - 2005

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Zhao Ziyang (Chinese: 赵紫阳; pronounced [ʈʂâʊ tsɹ̩̀.jǎŋ], 17 October 1919 – 17 January 2005) was a Chinese politician. He was the third premier of the People's Republic of China from 1980 to 1987, vice chairman of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) from 1981 to 1982, and CCP general secretary from 1987 to 1989. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Zhao Ziyang has received more than 2,083,724 page views. His biography is available in 50 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 48 in 2019). Zhao Ziyang is the 1,631st most popular politician (down from 1,457th in 2019), the 110th most popular biography from China (down from 105th in 2019) and the 72nd most popular Chinese Politician.

Zhao Ziyang was the General Secretary of the Communist Party of China from 1987 to 1989. He is most famous for his role in the Tiananmen Square protests of 1989.

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Among politicians, Zhao Ziyang ranks 1,631 out of 15,577Before him are Faisal II of Iraq, Jeroboam II, Stefan Nemanja, Aung San, Mentor, and Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan. After him are Yuan Shao, Mátyás Rákosi, Claudia Octavia, Maximilian II Emanuel, Elector of Bavaria, Henry, King of Portugal, and Alaric II.

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Among people born in 1919, Zhao Ziyang ranks 9Before him are Eva Perón, J. D. Salinger, Edmund Hillary, Doris Lessing, Desmond Doss, and Primo Levi. After him are Giulio Andreotti, Margot Fonteyn, Lino Ventura, Georgios Papadopoulos, Nat King Cole, and Choi Kyu-hah. Among people deceased in 2005, Zhao Ziyang ranks 14Before him are Fahd of Saudi Arabia, Paul Ricœur, Simon Wiesenthal, Arthur Miller, Rinus Michels, and Pat Morita. After him are Saul Bellow, Aslan Maskhadov, Omar Sívori, Rafic Hariri, Kenzō Tange, and Zdzisław Beksiński.

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Among people born in China, Zhao Ziyang ranks 110 out of 1,392Before him are Lin Biao (1907), Tu Youyou (1930), Jiang Ziya (-1090), Jiajing Emperor (1507), Chenghua Emperor (1447), and Emperor Renzong of Song (1010). After him are Walter Houser Brattain (1902), Yuan Shao (154), Empress Lü (-241), Soong Mei-ling (1897), Yue Fei (1142), and King Wu of Zhou (-1150).


Among politicians born in China, Zhao Ziyang ranks 72Before him are Jingtai Emperor (1428), Lin Biao (1907), Jiang Ziya (-1090), Jiajing Emperor (1507), Chenghua Emperor (1447), and Emperor Renzong of Song (1010). After him are Yuan Shao (154), Empress Lü (-241), Soong Mei-ling (1897), King Wu of Zhou (-1150), Emperor Jing of Han (-188), and Emperor Wen of Han (-202).