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Zhao Ziyang in 1985
|General Secretary of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China|
1 November 1987 – 23 June 1989
acting from 16 January 1987
|Preceded by||Hu Yaobang|
|Succeeded by||Jiang Zemin|
|Premier of the People's Republic of China|
10 September 1980 – 24 November 1987
|Preceded by||Hua Guofeng|
|Succeeded by||Li Peng|
17 October 1919|
Hua County, Henan
|Died||17 January 2005
Beijing, People's Republic of China
|Cause of death||Stroke|
|Political party||Communist Party of China|
|Children||Zhao Daijun (eldest son)
Zhao Erjun (second son)
Zhao Sanjun (third son)
Zhao Sijun (fourth son)
Zhao Liang (daughter)
Zhao Wujun (fifth son)
Zhao Ziyang was a high-ranking politician in China. He was the Premier of the People's Republic of China from 1980 to 1987, Vice Chairman of the Communist Party of China from 1981 to 1982 and General Secretary of the Communist Party of China from 1987 to 1989.
Zhao did not like Maoist policies. He received support from Deng Xiaoping after the Cultural Revolution. Zhao tried to stop corruption and to make general market economic changes. His views made him unpopular with important leaders including Premier Li Peng, former President Li Xiannian and Party elder Chen Yun. After the Tiananmen Square protests of 1989 Zhao was not allowed to be a politician. He was placed under house arrest.
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Zhao was hosted by US president Ronald Reagan at the White House on January 10, 1984 as part of a broader effort to improve China's relations with the West.
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