Chinese Peasants' and Workers' Democratic Party
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|Chinese Peasants' and Workers' Democratic Party|
The Chinese Peasants' and Workers' Democratic Party (Chinese: 中国农工民主党) is one of the eight non-communist, legally recognised political parties in the People's Republic of China that follow the direction of the Communist Party of China and is a member of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference. The current chairman is former Minister of Health Chen Zhu.
The party had its origins in the collapse of the First United Front when they first met on November 1927. Its original members were left-wing Nationalists and expelled Communists which called themselves the "Provisional Action Committee of the Chinese Nationalist Party" or "Third Party" (despite the name, the Young China Party was third largest in the late 1920s–40s).
After August 1930, the party became a cohesive entity under Deng Yanda, who organized it under democratic centralism like both the Nationalists and Communists. Deng was secretly executed by Chiang Kai-shek in 1931 and the party went underground.
In 1933, the party, now led by Huang Qixiang, joined with the short-lived "Productive People's Party" in starting the failed People's Revolutionary Government of the Republic of China. In 1935, they renamed themselves in to the "Chinese Action Committee for National Liberation". It was one of the founding parties of the China Democratic League. Its leaders renamed the party in February 1947 to its current name.
Currently, the Chinese Peasants' and Workers' Democratic Party comprises a membership of 65,000, most of whom work in the fields of public health, culture and education, science and technology.
- Deng Yanda (1930–1931)
- Huang Qixiang (1931–1938)
- Zhang Bojun (1938–1958)
- Ji Fang (1958–1987)
- Zhou Gucheng (1987–1988)
- Lu Jiaxi (1988–1997)
- Jiang Zhenghua (1997–2007)
- Sang Guowei (2007–2012)
- Chen Zhu (2012 – present)
Official website (Chinese)
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