1919- ; Chin. Communist leader: premier of China (1980-88); general secretary of the Communist Party (1987-89)
See Zhao Ziyang in American Heritage Dictionary 4
Chinese politician. Purged from the Communist Party in the Cultural Revolution, he was reinstated (1971), served as premier (1980-1987), and was appointed general secretary of the Communist Party (1987). He was dismissed in 1989 for showing support for pro-democracy demonstrators.