I am a nationalist leader who overthrew the Qing Dynasty! All of my people may be living in poverty, but that is not my problem!
I am Mao Zedong, leader of the Chinese communist party. We are currently running to the mountains to escape the nationalist government.
It's a civil war!
The communists and nationalists come to a truce and Mao comes to COMPLETE power. China is now a communist nation.
Mao Zedong launched the Great Leap Forward in an attempt to expand the economy. He turned all of China's farms into large "collectives" that were government owned. Farmers lost motivation because they were not getting paid and this resulted in a great famine that killed over 40 million people.
People were losing trust in Zedong, and he had to make a comeback. So, he launched the Cultural Revolution. He encouraged students to quit school and attack anyone who opposed the government. These soldiers were called the Red Guards.
Thousands of people came to protest the communist government at Tienanmen Square after Zedong died. The military eventually attacked them, killing thousands of innocent people. Other countries heard of this and wanted to help stop communism and bring democracy to China.