(also Mao Tse-tung /ˌtsə ˈto͝oNG/ /ˌdzə ˈdo͝oNG/)
(1893–1976), Chinese statesman; chairman of the Communist Party of the Chinese People’s Republic 1949–76; head of state 1949–59. A cofounder of the Chinese Communist Party in 1921 and its effective leader from the time of the Long March (1934–35), he eventually defeated both the occupying Japanese and rival Kuomintang nationalist forces to create the People’s Republic of China in 1949.
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