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政变 zhèng biàn coup d'état
李建成 Jiàn chéng Li Jiancheng (589-626), eldest son of first Tang emperor Li Yuan 唐高祖李淵|唐高祖李渊, murdered by his brother 李世民 in the Xuanwu Gate coup 玄武門之變|玄武门之变 / Professor Li Jiancheng (1964-), geophysicist and specialist in satellite geodesy
玄武门之变 Xuán mén zhī biàn Xuanwu gate coup of June 626 in early Tang, in which Li Shimin 李世民 killed his brothers, seized the throne from his father as Emperor Taizong 唐太宗
四一二 èr 12th April / refers to Chiang Kai-shek's coup of 12th April 1927 against the communists in Shanghai
军事政变 jūn shì zhèng biàn military coup
爆冷门 bào lěng mén an upset (esp. in sports) / unexpected turn of events / to pull off a coup / a breakthrough
四一二反革命政变 èr fǎn mìng zhèng biàn counterrevolutionary coup of 12th April 1927, Chiang Kai-shek's coup against the communists in Shanghai
变生肘腋 biàn shēng zhǒu lit. calamity in one's armpit (idiom); a major coup happening on one's doorstep / trouble or danger in one's own backyard
戊戌政变 Zhèng biàn coup by Dowager Empress Cixi 慈禧太后[Ci2 xi3 tai4 hou4] ending the 1898 attempt to reform the Qing dynasty
巫蛊之祸 zhī huò 91 BC attempted coup d'etat against Emperor Wu of Han 漢武帝|汉武帝, beginning with accusations of witchcraft
甲申政变 Jiǎ shēn zhèng biàn unsuccessful and bloody Korean palace coup in 1884 by Westernisers against conservatives, crushed by Qing troops
四一二事变 èr shì biàn the coup of 12th Mar 1927, an attempt by Chiang Kai-shek to suppress the communists / called 反革命政變|反革命政变 or 慘案|惨案 in PRC literature
爆冷 bào lěng an upset (esp. in sports) / unexpected turn of events / to pull off a coup / a breakthrough
四一二惨案 èr cǎn àn the massacre of 12th Mar 1927 / the Shanghai coup of 12th Mar 1927 by Chiang Kai-shek against the communists
苦迭打 dié coup d'état (loanword)


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