Central Guidance Commission on Building Spiritual Civilization

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Central Guidance Commission on Building Spiritual Civilization
Simplified Chinese 中央精神文明建设指导委员会
Traditional Chinese 中央精神文明建設指導委員會
Commonly abbreviated as
Chinese 中央文明委
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The Central Guidance Commission on Building Spiritual Civilization (Chinese: 中央精神文明建设指导委员会; pinyin: Pinyin Zhōngyāng Jīngshénwénmíng Jiànshè Zhǐdǎo Wěiyuánhuì), also known as the Central Commission for Guiding Cultural and Ethical Progress[1], is a commission of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China tasked with educational efforts to build a "spiritual civilization" (Jingshen Wenming) based on socialism and the goal to build a socialist harmonious society, according to the official CPC policy.[2]

The Commission was established on April 21, 1997. As one of the most important ideological steering bodies of the CPC and the People's Republic of China, it controls nationwide propaganda and ideological dissemination, overlapping another similar body, the Leading Group for Propaganda and Ideological Work.[3] Both the Commission and the Leading Group are chaired by the Politburo Standing Committee responsible for propaganda, and overrule the CPC Propaganda Department.

Currently, Wang Huning serves as chairman, with Liu Yandong and Huang Kunming as vice-chairs.


  1. Ding Guangen (1997–2002)
  2. Li Changchun (2002–2013)
  3. Liu Yunshan (2013–2017)
  4. Wang Huning (2017–present)



  1. ^ Yang Yi, China Focus: Publicity head stresses Chinese tourists' behavior abroad, Xinhua News Agency, July 31, 2013.
  2. ^ David Shambaugh, China's Propaganda System: Institutions, Processes and Efficacy, "The China Journal" No. 57, January 2007.
  3. ^ Ibid., p. 31.


  • Xu Dashen, Records of the People's Republic of China (《中华人民共和国实录》), Jilin People's Publishing House, 1994.