Gongsun Du (pronunciation ) (150–204), courtesy name Shengji, was a Chinese military general, politician, and warlord who lived during the late Eastern Han dynasty of China.[1] He was not able to participate in battle until Dong Zhuo seized power from Emperor Shao. Dong Zhuo, hoping to expand the empire, gave Gongsun Du the command to attack present-day Korea from across the sea. Gongsun Du was successful in his attack and also took control of the existing Daifang and Lelang commanderies established during the earlier period of the Han dynasty, among others.

Gongsun Du
General of Military Might (武威將軍)
In office
c. 196 (c. 196)–204 (204)
MonarchEmperor Xian of Han
Governor of Ping Province (平州牧)
In office
MonarchEmperor Xian of Han
Administrator of Liaodong (遼東太守)
In office
MonarchEmperor Xian of Han
Succeeded byGongsun Kang
Personal details
Liaoyang, Liaoning
  • Gongsun Yan (father)
OccupationMilitary general, politician, warlord
Courtesy nameShengji (升濟)
PeerageMarquis of Yongning District
Map showing the major warlords of the Han dynasty in the 190s, including Gongsun Du

Under another order from Dong Zhuo, Gongsun Du took over Liaoning. This presaged the development of Gongsun Du's power base in the northeast. Gongsun Du later sent Gongsun Muo and Zhang Pi to present-day South Korea in an attempt to gain more land. He died in 204 and was succeeded by his son, Gongsun Kang, who continued to rule northeastern China.

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  1. ^ a b de Crespigny (2007), p. 266.
  • Chen, Shou (3rd century). Records of the Three Kingdoms (Sanguozhi).
  • de Crespigny, Rafe (2007). A biographical dictionary of Later Han to the Three Kingdoms (23–220 AD). Leiden: Brill. ISBN 978-90-04-15605-0.
  • Pei, Songzhi (5th century). Annotations to Records of the Three Kingdoms (Sanguozhi zhu).