Yang Shangkun

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Date of Birth July 5, 1907
Place of Birth Tongnan District, China
Date of Death Sep 14, 1998 (91)
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Yang Shangkun

Yang Shangkun was President of the People's Republic of China from 1988 to 1993, and was a powerful Vice Chairman and Secretary-General of the Central Military Commission under Deng Xiaoping. He married Li Bozhao in 1929, one of the few women to participate in the Long March, as did Yang. Yang attended university in Shanghai before studying Marxist theory in Moscow, making him one of the best educated leaders of the early Communist Party of China. Yang returned to China as one of the 28 Bolsheviks and originally supported the early communist leader Zhang Guotao, but switched allegiance to Mao's faction during the Long March. He served as a political commissar during the Chinese Civil War and the Second Sino-Japanese War. After the founding of the People's Republic in 1949, Yang held a number of political positions, eventually becoming a member of the powerful Central Committee of the Communist Party of China.

Born: August 3, 1907, Tongnan, Chongqing, Sichuan, Qing Dynasty
Died: September 14, 1998, Beijing, People's Republic of China
Nationality: Chinese
Political party: Communist Party of China (1926–1993)
Children: 3
Alma mater: Shanghai University, Moscow Sun Yat-sen University
Vice President: Wang Zhen
Preceded by: Li Xiannian
Succeeded by: Jiang Zemin

About Yang Shangkun

After serving in the National People's Congress and holding office as Secretary-General of the Chinese Central Military Commission, this communist leader became fourth President of the People's Republic of China.

Before Fame

Shortly after becoming a member of the Communist Youth League, he attended both Shanghai University and the Moscow Sun Yat-sen University.


He was involved in both the Chinese Civil War and the Second Sino-Japanese War.

Family Life

His marriage to Li Bozhao resulted in children named Yang Shaoming, Yang Shaojun, and Yang Li.


He ended his presidency in 1993 and was succeeded by Jiang Zemin.

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