General Office of the Communist Party of China

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General Office of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China
中共中央办公厅
Zhōnggòng Zhōngyāng Bàngōngtīng
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Abbreviation Zhōngbàn (中办)
Formation October 1945
Type Department directly reporting to the Central Committee
Headquarters Zhongnanhai, Beijing
Director
Li Zhanshu
Executive deputy director
Ding Xuexiang
Deputy directors
Chen Shiju, Meng Xiangfeng
Parent organization
Central Committee of the Communist Party of China
Subsidiaries Central Security Bureau
*Maintains full minister-level rank
General Office of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China
Simplified Chinese 中共中央办公厅
Traditional Chinese 中共中央辦公廳
Literal meaning Chinese-Communist Central Business Hall
Alternative Chinese name
Simplified Chinese 中办
Traditional Chinese 中辦
Literal meaning Central Office

The General Office of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China, often referred to as the Central Office (中办), is an office directly under the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China in charge of the routine administrative affairs of the Central Committee and its Politburo.

The office is responsible for drafting and circulating party directives and internal memos, as well as the classification of party information. It is in charge of arranging logistics for major meetings of the Central Committee and its Politburo. It is responsible for preparing meeting agendas, recording and filing meeting minutes, and distribution of communications to meeting stakeholders.

Although its business is often not overtly political, its Directors have historically had close connections with the Party's top leaders, and usually join the Politburo or the Secretariat after their period leading the General Office. The Director of the General office has been informally referred to as the "Danei Zongguan" (大内总管), roughly translated as "the gatekeeper" or "head eunuch".

The General Office's establishment date is uncertain, though it existed by 1942 as Li Fuchun was its chief at that time; previously, its functions were exercised by the Organization Department or technical secretariats.

List of directors[edit]

Director of the General Office of the Central Secretariat
  1. Li Fuchun (1942–1945)
  2. Yang Shangkun (1945–1948)
Director of the General Office of the Central Committee
  1. Yang Shangkun (1948–1965)
  2. Wang Dongxing (1965–1978)
  3. Yao Yilin (1978–1982)
  4. Hu Qili (1982–1983)
  5. Qiao Shi (1983–1984)
  6. Wang Zhaoguo (1984–1986)
  7. Wen Jiabao (1986–1993)
  8. Zeng Qinghong (1993–1999)
  9. Wang Gang (1999–2007)
  10. Ling Jihua (2007–2012)
  11. Li Zhanshu (2012–present)

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