Li Jiqian (Chinese: 李繼遷) (963–1004), occasionally also known
by his Song-bestowed name of Zhao Baoji (趙保吉), resisted the Song
dynasty and organized a rebellion in 984. He created a successful
alliance with the
Liao dynasty for military support. Li Jiqian
arranged a peace agreement with the Song emperor, but violated the
treaty himself. To avoid costly military campaigns, Emperor Zhenzong
of Song made
Li Jiqian the jiedushi of Dingnan, and recognized Li
Jiqian's new empire of Xia. He supported the construction of
irrigation canals that were crucial for the development of agriculture
in the arid areas of Xia, especially around the capital Xingqing
Li Jiqian was father of
Li Deming (Chinese: 李德明), and
Li Yuanhao (Chinese: 李元昊), the first emperor of
Western Xia Empire, and so was posthumously recognized as 'grand
ancestor' (Taizu 太祖) of the
Western Xia royal family.
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