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Persons in Chinese History - Han Sui 韓遂

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Han Sui 韓遂, courtesy name Han Wenyue 韓文約, was a regional potentate in the very late years of the Eastern Han period 東漢 (25-220 CE). He came from Jincheng 金城 (modern Lanzhou 蘭州, Gansu) and was known as one of the most promising figures in the remote region of the west. It was especially the native tribes of the Qiang 羌 and Di 氐 that supported him. During a visit in the capital Luoyang 洛陽 (modern Luoyang, Henan) he suggested to the regent He Jin 何進 to eliminate the powerful eunuch clique at the court, but was disappointed when He Jin not immediately consented with him. Han Sui thereupon conspired with the Tokharian Beigong Boyu 北宮伯玉 and Li Wenhou 李文侯 that planned a rebellion, but he soon killed both and seized their troops. He thereupon joined with Ma Teng 馬騰 and declared the independency from the Han empire of the province of Liangzhou 涼州 (modern Gansu). When the warlord Cao Cao 曹操 invaded the old metropolitan region around Chang'an 長安 (modern Xi'an 西安, Shaanxi), Han Sui and Ma Chao 馬超, son of Ma Teng, defended their territory against the invader, yet Han Sui died during the fights.

Source: Zhang Shunhui 張舜徽 (ed. 1992), Sanguozhi cidian 三國志辭典 (Jinan: Shandong jiaoyu chubanshe), p. 655.

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