Vice Chairman of the Communist Party of China

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The Vice Chairman of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China (simplified Chinese: 中国共产党中央委员会副主席; traditional Chinese: 中國共產黨中央委員會副主席; pinyin: Zhōngguó Gòngchǎndǎng Zhōngyāng Wěiyuánhuì Fù Zhǔxí) was the highest rank under the Party Chairman within the Communist Party of China (CPC) from 1956 to 1982.

All the vice-chairmen were members of the CPC Politburo Standing Committee.

Term Image Name Term Chairman Note
Term start Term end
8th CPC Central Committee LiuShaoqi Colour.jpg Liu Shaoqi September 1956 August 1966 Mao Zedong portrait.jpg
Mao Zedong
In office until the Eleventh Plenary Session
Zhou Enlai MeiyuanXincun17 Nanjing 1946.jpg Zhou Enlai September 1956 August 1966
Zhu De.jpg Zhu De September 1956 August 1966
Chen Yun.jpg Chen Yun September 1956 August 1966
Lin Biao.jpg Lin Biao May 1958 April 1969 Elected at the Fifth Plenary Session
9th CPC Central Committee Lin Biao.jpg Lin Biao April 1969 September 1971 Mao Zedong portrait.jpg
Mao Zedong
The only party vice-chairman
10th CPC Central Committee Hua Guofeng-1.jpg Hua Guofeng April 1976 October 1976 Mao Zedong portrait.jpg
Mao Zedong

Hua Guofeng-1.jpg
Hua Guofeng
First Vice-Chairman
Zhou Enlai MeiyuanXincun17 Nanjing 1946.jpg Zhou Enlai August 1973 January 1976 Died in office
Replace this image male.svg Wang Hongwen August 1973 October 1976 Gang of Four, arrested in 1976, expelled in 1977
Kang Seng in Yan'an.jpg Kang Sheng August 1973 December 1975 Died in office
Ye Jianying.jpg Ye Jianying August 1973 August 1977 From October 1976 to July 1977, was the only Party Vice-Chairman
Lidesheng.jpg Li Desheng August 1973 January 1975 Resigned at the Second Plenary Session
DengXiaoping.jpg Deng Xiaoping January 1975
July 1977
April 1976
August 1977
Elected at the Second Plenary Session. Removed from office due to Tiananmen Incident. Reinstated at the Third Plenum
11th CPC Central Committee Ye Jianying.jpg Ye Jianying July 1977 September 1982 Hua Guofeng-1.jpg
Hua Guofeng

Hu Yaobang.jpg
Hu Yaobang
DengXiaoping.jpg Deng Xiaoping July 1977 September 1982
Xiannian.jpg Li Xiannian July 1977 September 1982
Wang Dongxing.jpg Wang Dongxing July 1977 February 1980 Resigned at the Fifth Plenary Session
Chen Yun.jpg Chen Yun December 1978 September 1982 Elected at the Third Plenary Session
Zhao Ziyang-1.jpg Zhao Ziyang June 1981 September 1982 Elected at the Sixth Plenary Session
Hua Guofeng-1.jpg Hua Guofeng June 1981 September 1982 Elected at the Sixth Plenary Session