List of general secretaries and chairmen of the Communist Party of China

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The following is a list of people who held the office of either General Secretary or Chairman of the Communist Party of China.

List of party leaders[edit]

Secretary of the Central Bureau (1921–1922)[edit]

Portrait Name
(Birth–Death)
Term of office Party Congress
Chen Duxiu.jpg Chen Duxiu
陈独秀
(1879–1942)
1 July 1921 July 1922 I (23–31 July 1921)
II (16–23 July 1922)
Post abolished

Chairman of the Central Executive Committee (1922–1925)[edit]

Portrait Name
(Birth–Death)
Term of office Party Congress
1 Chen Duxiu.jpg Chen Duxiu
陈独秀
(1879–1942)
July 1922 January 1925 II (16–23 July 1922)
III (12–20 June 1923)
IV (11–22 January 1925)
Post abolished until 1945

General Secretary of the Central Committee (1925–1943)[edit]

Portrait Name
(Birth–Death)
Term of office Party Congress
1 Chen Duxiu.jpg Chen Duxiu
陈独秀
(1879–1942)
January 1925 7 August 1927 IV (11–22 January 1925)
2 Xiang Chongfai.jpg Xiang Zhongfa
向忠发
(1880–1931)
July 1928 24 June 1931 V (27 April-9 May 1927)
VI (18 June-11 July 1928)
3 Chin Banxian.jpg Bo Gu
博古
(1907–1946)
September 1931 January 1935 Zunyi (15–17 January 1935)
4 Zhang Wentian3.jpg Zhang Wentian
张闻天
(1900–1976)
January 1935 20 March 1943 Zunyi (15–17 January 1935)
Post abolished until 1982

Chairman of the Central Politburo (1943–1969)[edit]

Portrait Name
(Birth–Death)
Term of office Party Congress
1 Mao.jpg Mao Zedong
毛泽东
(1893–1976)
20 March 1943 24 April 1969 VII (23 April–11 June 1945)
VIII (15–27 September 1956)
Lushan (2 July–16 August 1959)
IX (1–24 April 1969)
Post abolished

Chairman of the Central Committee (1945–1982)[edit]

Portrait Name
(Birth–Death)
Term of office Party Congress
2 Mao.jpg Mao Zedong
毛泽东
(1893–1976)
19 June 1945 9 September 1976 VII (23 April–11 June 1945)
VIII (15–27 September 1956)
Lushan (2 July–16 August 1959)
IX (1–24 April 1969)
X (24–28 August 1973)
3 Hua Guofeng-1.jpg Hua Guofeng
华国锋
(1921–2008)
7 October 1976 28 June 1981 XI (12–18 August 1977)
3rd Plenum (18–22 December 1978)
3 Hu Yaobang 1953.jpg Hu Yaobang
胡耀邦
(1915–1989)
28 June 1981 11 September 1982 XII (1–11 September 1982)
Post abolished

General Secretary of the Central Committee (1982–present)[edit]

Portrait Name
(Birth–Death)
Term of office Party Congress
5 Hu Yaobang 1953.jpg Hu Yaobang
胡耀邦
(1915–1989)
11 September 1982 15 January 1987 XII (1–11 September 1982)
6 Zhao Ziyang-1.jpg Zhao Ziyang
赵紫阳
(1919–2005)
15 January 1987 23 June 1989 XIII (25 October-1 November 1987)
7 Jiang Zemin at Hickam Air Base, October 26, 1997, cropped.jpg Jiang Zemin
江泽民
(1926–)
23 June 1989 15 November 2002 XIV (12–18 October 1992)
XV (12–18 September 1997)
XVI (8–15 November 2002)
8 Hu Jintao Cannes2011.jpg Hu Jintao
胡锦涛
(1942–)
15 November 2002 15 November 2012 XVI (8–15 November 2002)
XVII (15–21 October 2007)
XVII (8–15 November 2012)
9 Xi Jinping Sanya2013.jpg Xi Jinping
习近平
(1953–)
15 November 2012 Incumbent XVII (8–15 November 2012)

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