The objective of this thesis is to identify and define the operational code of Hua Guofeng. Insight into his estimates of situations and a greater understanding of the norms, standards and guidelines which influence his choice of strategy and tactics is gained. Findings 1 Hua views the international system as conflictual and protracted. Superpower negemony is the primary source of this conflict. Third World unity is required to create world peace. 2 Hua views conflict as zero-sum in nature yet, believes it is necessary for the realization of goals. 3 Hua is highly optimistic and is certain that time is Chinas ally. 4 Hua believes in the predictability and irresistibility of historical development. The role of a leader is to actively guide history in a direction favorable to his people. 5 A highly structured framework is a prerequisite for establishing and achieving goals. 6 Hua advocates thorough preparation prior to any undertaking. 7 Goals are pursued incrementally according to plan. Hua possesses a keen understanding of the nature of power and refrains from acting without adequate strength. 8 Huas operational code has been consistent over time.