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We excel at destroying the old world, and we excel at building a new one.Entry in Irving Cheng's terminal at Tenpenny Tower, Fallout 3

Chairman Cheng (程) was the leader of China from at least 2063[3] until the Great War in 2077.


Under his leadership, China clashed with the United States in the Resource Wars, invading Alaska in 2066.[4] His main goal, as hypothetically given by operatives of the Defense Intelligence Agency, was simply that of conquest, foregoing logical conclusions.[5] Despite initial successes, the Chinese military was forced into a stalemate by the American defenders and eventually beaten back all the way to the Chinese mainland. Despite that, even as late as 2077, Chinese troops continued to fight in Chairman Cheng's name, indicating he held onto power despite the looming defeat.[2]



Chairman Cheng is mentioned in Fallout 3, the Fallout 3 add-on Operation: Anchorage, Fallout 4, and Fallout 76.

Behind the scenes[]

  • The name "Cheng," written as 程, can mean either journey, sequence, or regulations.
  • The quotation "We excel at destroying the old world, and we excel at building a new one"[6] is most likely an allusion to a quote by Mao Zedong, leader of the People's Republic of China from 1949 to 1976: "We can learn what we did not know. We are not only good at destroying the old world, we are also good at building the new."[7]
  • Cheng's exact position in the Chinese government is unclear. "Chairman" can refer to 3 different positions within the Chinese Communist Party: Chairman of the Central Committee (replaced by the position of General Secretary in 1982), Chairman of the Political Consultative Conference, and Chairman of the Central Military Commission, as well as the governmental position of Chairman of the National People's Congress. These positions can also overlap; for example, Mao Zedong was chairman of both the Central Committee and the Central Military Commission.
  • In Fallout 2, the pre-War Chinese head of state is said to have been one "President Xin." While the president of China typically holds one or more party chairman positions, it is not a requirement of the office (for example, Yang Shangkun was only Vice-Chairman of the Central Military Commission during his presidential term). As the position is largely ceremonial and subservient to the National People's Congress, a president that does not hold a party chairman position may possess limited authority in state matters, leaving the possibility that Xin shared power with (or was subservient to) Cheng. However, Xin is only mentioned in the Sierra Depot GNN transcript, which is an unreliable source.[8]


  1. "程主席永远不败"
    Translation: "Chairman Cheng is always undefeated"
  2. 2.0 2.1 Liberty Prime: "Chairman Cheng will fail. China will fall."
    (Liberty Prime's dialogue)
    Chinese soldier: "For Chairman Cheng!"
    (Chinese soldier's dialogue)
    Chinese commando: "For Chairman Cheng!"
    (Chinese commando's dialogue)
    Note: In the Tranquility Lane and Anchorage Reclamation simulations, "For Chairman Cheng!" is a common battle cry among Chinese soldiers. The Chinese remnant commandos also invoke his name, while Liberty Prime explicitly states that "Chairman Cheng will fail! China will fall!".
  3. The video game Wastelad was first published in 2063 and features Chairman Cheng as the main antagonist.
  4. Capitol Post terminal entries; Capital Post Top Stories -- January 11, 2077, Commies Crushed - Alaska Liberated!
  5. The Switchboard terminal entries; research terminal, > 2067 Jun 19
  6. 6.0 6.1 Tenpenny Tower terminal entries; Cheng personal computer, Rebuilding Proposal
  7. "Report to the Second Plenary Session of the Seventh Central Committee of the Communist Party of China" (March 5, 1949), Selected Works, Vol. IV, p. 374.
  8. See Sierra Depot GNN transcript for more details