The Committee

The Central Committee of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) is the locus of political power in China. It includes the rulers of today and the leaders of tomorrow. This product features regularly updated biographical data, easy-to-use filter and search function, and career networks for all Committee members.

The Committee is a work in progress that will have new features over time. One such new feature is “Selection 2022”–a complementary one-stop shop focused on the Chinese political transition to unpack Chinese elite politics through 2022.

The 19th Central Committee, selected in 2017 and likely to serve until 2022, initially had 203 full members and 172 alternate members (currently 371). Alternates attend committee meetings but cannot vote on its decisions. Within the Central Committee are 25 members who constitute its Politburo, whose 7-member Standing Committee contains China’s most powerful politicians, including the CCP General Secretary. Major personnel turnover occurs every five years at the CCP National Congress. For more details, see the Overview.

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