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Hu Yaobang
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Hu Yaobang in 1953
General Secretary of the Communist Party of China
In office
11 September 1982 – 15 January 1987
President Li Xiannian
Premier Zhao Ziyang
Preceded by Post reestablished
Succeeded by Zhao Ziyang
Chairman of the Communist Party of China
In office
June 28, 1981 – September 11, 1982
Deputy Ye Jianying
Preceded by Hua Guofeng
Succeeded by Post abolished
Secretary-General of the CPC Central Secretariat
In office
February 29, 1980 – September 12, 1982
Chairman Hua Guofeng
Preceded by Deng Xiaoping (in 1966)
Succeeded by Post abolished
Personal details
Born (1915-11-20)20 November 1915
Liuyang, Hunan, Beiyang Government
Died 15 April 1989(1989-04-15) (aged 73)
Beijing, China
Nationality Chinese
Political party Communist Party of China
Spouse(s) Li Zhao

Hu Yaobang (20 November 1915 – 15 April 1989) was a Chinese politician and a high-ranking official of the People's Republic of China.

Hu Yaobang was a political ally of Deng Xiaoping. They fought together in the Chinese Civil War. Both were part of the communist force that took power of Sichuan in 1949. Hu became the leader of the Communist Youth League from 1952–1966.

During the Cultural Revolution, Hu Yaobang was said to not be true to the Communist Party of China and Mao Zedong. He was rehabilitated twice. He was an important supporter of Deng Xiaoping's rise to power.

Hu Yaobang's death in 1989 was a cause for the Tiananmen Square protests.

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