Liu Shaoqi Biography
Birthday: November 24, 1898 (Sagittarius)
Born In: Huaminglou, Changsha, China
Liu Shaoqi was a Chinese politician and revolutionary. He served as the chairman of the NPC Standing Committee in the 1950s and was also the first vice-chairman of the Communist Party of China (CPC). He was the president of the People's Republic of China from 1959 to 1968. Shaoqi was an active member of the Chinese labor movement since its inception and played a major role in formulating the party. He also contributed to Chinese foreign affairs and soon emerged as the third most powerful man in China. The youngest son of a wealthy landowner, Shaoqi attended army school and studied French. Later, he journeyed to Moscow to study at University of the Toilers of the East. His political career began in 1921 when he joined the recently formed Communist Party of China. Shaoqi became one of the key figures to be eliminated in the Great Proletarian Cultural Revolution during the late 1960s. Branded a “traitor,” Liu Shaoqi was posthumously rehabilitated in 1980 and was granted a memorial service.