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China: Rulers

See this list of Chinese Dynasties.

  • Liu Pang, founder of the Han dynasty (206–195 B.C.)
  • Wu-ti, posthumous temple name of the fifth emperor (140–87 B.C.) of the Han dynasty
  • Wang Mang, Chinese Han dynasty regent (45 B.C.A.D. 23)
  • Sui, dynasty of China that ruled from 581 to 618
  • Hsüan-tsung, Chinese emperor (712–56), ninth of the T'ang dynasty
  • Sung, dynasty of China that ruled 960–1279
  • Chao K'uang-yin, founder of the Sung dynasty (960–79)
  • Hui-tsung, Chinese emperor of the Northern Sung dynasty, painter, and a great patron of art (1082–1135)
  • Kublai Khan, Mongol emperor, founder of the Yüan dynasty of China (1215–94)
  • Ming, dynasty of China that ruled from 1368 to 1644
  • Yung-lo, reign title of the third emperor (1403–24) of the Chinese Ming dynasty
  • Nurhaci, Manchu national founder (1559–1626)
  • Manchu, people who lived in Manchuria for many centuries and who ruled China from 1644 until 1912
  • K'ang-hsi, second emperor of the Ch'ing dynasty of China (1661–1722)
  • Ch'ien-lung, reign title of the fourth emperor (1735–96) of the Ch'ing dynasty
  • Tz'u Hsi, Tsu Hsi, dowager empress of China (1861–1908) and regent (1861–73, 1874–89, 1898–1908)
  • Kuang-hsu, emperor of China (1875–1908)
  • Henry Pu Yi, last emperor (1908–12) of China
  • Yüan Shih-kai, president of China (1912–16)
  • Li Yüan-hung, president of China (1916–17, 1922–23)
  • Chiang Kai-shek, Chinese Nationalist leader (1928–48)
  • Lin Sen, president of China (1932–43)
  • Mao Zedong, founder of the People's Republic of China (1943–76)
  • Deng Xiaoping, Chinese revolutionary and government leader (1945–89)
  • Li Peng, Chinese premier (1987–98)
  • Jiang Zemin, president of China (1993–2003)
  • Hu Jintao, president of China (2003– )

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