|Mao Zedong||1949-1976||Chairman of the Chinese Communist Party well before that.|
|Hua Guofeng||1976-1981||Suceeded Mao after he died.|
|Hu Yaobang||1981-1987||Dropped the title of Chairman and replaced it with the title of General Secretary.|
|Zhao Ziyang||1987-1989||General Secretary during the Tiananmen Square massacre. Lost support.|
|Jiang Zemin||1989-2002||Replaced Deng Xiaoping as paramount leader.|
|Hu Jintao||2002-2012||General Secretary during War on Terror|
|Xi Jinping||2012-2022||As General Secretary, Xi saw China's rise as a leading superpower.|
Reinstated the title of Chairman. Chairman during World War III. Last Chairman of the Chinese Communist Party.