Hua Guofeng


Led China through the transitional period immediately following the (Great Proletarian) Cultural Revolution.

Succeeded Zhou Enlai as Premier after Zhou's death in 1976. After the death of Chairman Mao, Hua eventually allowed for the rehabilitation many who had fallen from favour during the "Great Proletarian Cultural Revolution." Hua succeeded Mao Zedong as the de facto leader of China after out manoeuvering "Gang of Four" in a power struggle later in 1976. Deng Xiaoping's policies of reform began to take shape during Hua's tenure, beginning around 1978. By 1980, power and formal leadership had gradually shifted to Deng Xiaoping and his supporters.

Hua remains a member of the Central Committee (as at December 2003).

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