Technically, i'd say Qin Shi Huang is the father of China.
As for MODERN China, i'd say Sun Yat-sen, and i think i'd already explained why i think so in a previous Topic.
If it wasn't for Zhongshan, the Kuomingtang wouldn't exist, therefore the KMT respect him.
If it wasn't for Zhongshan, Mao never would have gotten an education, therefore Mao respected him.
If it wasn't for Zhongshan and Mao, Deng Xiaoping would have never ruled China, therefore the CCP respect him.
If it wasn't for Zhongshan, Mao and Deng Xiaoping, China would never be the Powerhouse it is today.
so in the end, the True answer is Sun Yat-sen.
I would say that Qin Shi Huang is the Father of China. As far as modern China, then Sun Yat-sen for sure. Mao is definitely not the father of China. As Wei Lung said earlier, If it wasn't for Zhongshan, Mao never would have gotten an education, therefore Mao respected him. Also, If it wasn't for Mao, there would be no Cultural Revolution that destroyed thousands of years of irreplaceable Chinese culture and degraded and set back the Chinese people a few hundred years for sure. You have to admit that the average Chinese nowadays ethically is not quite like the "gentleman" of high Confucian value and ethics of old. I dont see how someone that has had such a large negative impact on Chinese culture,people,history,etc.. be called the father of China. The father of Modern China is by all means Sun Yat Sen.