Soong Ching-ling

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Date of Birth January 27, 1893
Place of Birth Shanghai, China
Date of Death May 29, 1981 (88)
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Soong Ching-ling

Rosamond Soong Ching-ling was a Chinese political figure. As the third wife of Sun Yat-sen, one of the leaders of the 1911 revolution that established the Republic of China, she was often referred to as Madame Sun Yat-sen. She was a member of the Soong family and, together with her siblings, played a prominent role in China's politics prior to and after 1949. After the establishment of the People's Republic of China in 1949, she held several prominent positions in the new government, including Vice Chairman and Vice Chairman of the Standing Committee of the National People's Congress, travelled abroad during the early 1950s, representing her country at a number of international events. During the Cultural Revolution, however, she was heavily criticized. Following the purge of President Liu Shaoqi in 1968, she and Dong Biwu as Vice Presidents became de facto Heads of State of China until 1972, when Dong was appointed Acting President.

Born: January 27, 1893, Shanghai, Jiangsu, Qing Empire
Died: May 29, 1981, Beijing, People's Republic of China
Cause of death: Leukemia
Political party: Kuomintang, Communist International, Revolutionary Committee of the Chinese Kuomintang, Communist Party of China
Spouse(s): Sun Yat-sen
Parents: Charlie Soong and Ni Kwei-tseng
Alma mater: Wesleyan College

About Soong Ching-ling

Second wife of the leader of the 1911 revolution that established the Republic of China, Sun Yat-sen. She played a role in China's politics and became known as the mother of modern China. She would serve as the Vice President of China between 1959 and 1975.

Before Fame

She was elected to the KMT Central Executive Committee following the death of her husband Sun Yat-sen who was 26 years her senior. She left China for Russia after the expulsion of the Communists from the KMT in 1927, but returned permanently in 1931.

Achievement

She held political positions of Vice Chairperson of the Central People's Government, Vice Chairperson of the National People's Congress, Vice Chairperson of the People's Republic of China and Chairperson of the People's Republic of China.

Family Life

She was the second of six children born to Charlie Soong in Chuansha, Pudong, Shanghai.

Associations

Maggie Cheung portrayed her in the movie The Soong Sisters.

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