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Chairman of the Central People's Government of the People's Republic of China
Mao Zedong October 1, 1949- September 27, 1954

Chairmen of the People's Republic of China
Mao Zedong September 27, 1954- April 27, 1959
Liu Shaoqi1 April 27, 1959- October 31, 1968
Dong Biwu October 31, 1968- February 24, 1972
Song Qingling (acting) October 31, 1968- February 24, 1972
Dong Biwu (acting) February 24, 1972- January 17, 1975

Chairmen of the Standing Committee of the National People's Congress
Zhu De2, 3 January 17, 1975- July 6, 1976
Vacant4 July 6, 1976- March 5, 1978
Ye Jianying March 5, 1978- June 18, 1983

Honorary President of the People's Republic of China
Soong Ching-ling May 16, 1981- May 28, 1981

Presidents of the People's Republic of China
Li Xiannian June 18, 1983- April 8, 1988
Yang Shangkun April 8, 1988- March 27, 1993
Jiang Zemin March 27, 1993- March 15, 2003
Hu Jintao March 15, 2003- present

Notes

1- No successor of Liu Shaoqi was selected, so vice-chairman Dong Biwu acted as head of the State (alone from 1972-1975, together with vice-chairwoman Song Qingling from 1969- 1972).

2- The position of Chairman was officially abolished in 1975 and the functions of head of State were formally transmitted to the chairman of the Standing Committee of the National People's Congress.

3- From July 6, 1976 to March 5, 1978 the position remained vacant. The 20 vice chairmen of the Standing Committee of the NPC collectively executed the duties of head of state.

4- Vice-chairmen of the Standing Committee during the vacancy: