About The Committee

The Committee is a unique resource on Chinese politics. With the conclusion of the 19th Congress of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) in October 2017, The Committee allows users to quickly and easily reference profiles of the 204 full members and the 172 alternate members of the 19th Central Committee. The user interface for this sample of 376 Chinese politicians is built around a business card motif, each of which contains key biographical information of a Central Committee member.

The Committee will be updated as members are promoted, change positions, or, in a prospective career-ending scenario that has become more common in the Xi Jinping era, are purged. It will also showcase MacroPolo analysis of Chinese elite politics, political norms, and the future of the CCP.

It is important to focus on the Central Committee because it is the broad body of CCP elites that defines and mediates politics in China. That is because every central and provincial leader of consequence, as well as key military personnel, are typically included in this important political body. The Central Committee also contains China’s future cohort of top leaders—those who will ascend to the Politburo or its Standing Committee at the 20th Party Congress in 2022.

The analysis of Chinese politics that appears on The Committee focuses on topics we believe matter most for markets, businesses, and the policy community. The aim is to offer relevant insight and commentary on political drivers and interest group dynamics that can determine important policy debates and economic decisions in China.

This is increasingly important because China’s current and future economic reforms are inherently political. That is to say, the nature of China’s economic reforms has changed—the “reform dividends,” which previously more or less lifted all boats, will no longer apply equally to all interest groups and economic constituencies. The reform choices China makes from now on will be fundamentally about redistributing wealth and benefits, choosing among winning and losing constituencies, and enfranchising marginalized populations who have been left on the periphery of prosperity. We expect interest-driven politics to intensify in the years to come.

Our analysis will include, for example, postmortems on the outcomes of the 19th Party Congress, examinations of bureaucratic politics and the Central Committee itself, personnel politics, the state of the anticorruption campaign, and other topics.

We hope you find The Committee useful and will continue to keep up with updates.

A note on the 19th Central Committee database:

As a main feature of The Committee, it is important that we aim to provide the latest personnel information. This means that the biographical cards may change over time, as we consider additional information about certain Central Committee members. Because this database is based largely on open source research, we will strive to quickly modify any information that might be inaccurate or out of date. Moreover, with the exception of Politburo members, other Central Committee members’ network/patron ties are all denoted with “N/A” because this information can be quite murky for the vast majority of members and isn’t particularly relevant at this point.

In addition, given the alphabet soup of Chinese government and military organizations and agencies, we thought it would be useful to provide a glossary of terms for reference.

Glossary of Abbreviations

CCP = Chinese Communist Party

NPC = National People’s Congress

CPPCC = Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference

CMC = Central Military Commission

PLA = People’s Liberation Army

PLAAF = People’s Liberation Army Air Force

PLAN = People’s Liberation Army Navy

PAP = People’s Armed Police

SAR = Special Administrative Region

SAPPRFT = State Administration of Press, Publication, Radio, Film and Television

NDRC = National Development and Reform Commission

SASAC = State-owned Assets Supervision and Administration Commission

CCDI = Central Commission for Discipline Inspection

CAS = Chinese Academy of Sciences

ACFTU = All-China Federation of Trade Unions

CCYL = Chinese Communist Youth League

AVIC = Aviation Industry Corporation of China