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Hua Guofeng (President Welles)

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Hua Guofeng,
born as Su Zhu, (February 16, 1921 - August 20, 2008) was the second leader of the United Socialist Republics of China and Vietnam, and Chairman of the USRCV Communist Party. He took over when Mao Zedong died in 1976, and remained in this capacity until his own death in 2008.

Hua continued the path laid down by Mao, whom he was a faithful follower. Under his rule, the USRCV became the third largest power besides the United States and the Soviet Union. He also continued the antagonistic approach to both powers, and engaged them in an open arms race. His interior politics were similarly strict: the dictatorship he built in China and Vietnam was feared inside and outside alike.

Hua used forced industrialization to boost up both the USRCV's economy and its military power. It resulted in great increase, but general poverty among the people, which continues up to this date. Hua was also a big prominent in boosting the USRCV's nuclear arsenal, which resulted in fears of a possible Third World War. He planted nuclear missiles in both Taiwan and Hong Kong.

As a politician, Hua was a private man. He often sent his diplomats and advisors to talks, and rarely appeared in public himself. Some sources claim he had three look-alikes, used to represent him on public events.

After Hua's death in 2008, Hsiao-Peng took over as Chairman. A 60-feet statue was erected in the main square of Beijing in his honor, and turned into a "public shrine" in honor of the Glorious Leader. Along with Mao, Hua has the largest number of public depictions in the USRCV as a result of his still strong cult of personality.

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