Before Qing Taizu’s death, he had not designated Dorgon crown prince. It was because Huang Taiji enjoyed great popularity and possessed outstanding political skills that he succeeded in inheriting the throne at the meeting convened to elect the new Khan. Similarly, the princes and dukes did not force the Grand Imperial Concubine, who was Dorgon’s mother, to be buried alive along with the deceased emperor, rather this was done in accordance with the will of Qing Taizu. After assuming power Huang Taiji had good relations with Dorgon. Dorgon’s ruthless attacks on the Huang Taiji’s son, Hao Ge, during Dorgon’s own regency represented a struggle for power around the throne and was not due to any long-standing feud between Dorgon and Huang Taiji.