Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference

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Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference
Charter of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC) logo.svg
Logo of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference
Abbreviation CPPCC
Motto Unity and Democracy[1]
Formation 21 September 1949
Type Constitutional convention(Historical)
Popular United Front
Organ for Multi-party Cooperation and Political Consultation
Purpose Unity
Construction for Socialist Modernization
Chinese unification[2]
Headquarters Beijing, People's Republic of China
Yu Zhengsheng
Vice Chairpersons
Du Qinglin
Han Qide
Pagbalha Geleg Namgyai
Tung Chee Hwa
Wan Gang
Lin Wenyi
Luo Fuhe
He Houhua
Zhang Qingli
Li Haifeng
Chen Yuan
Lu Zhangong
Zhou Xiaochuan
Wang Jiarui
Wang Zhengwei
Ma Biao
Qi Xuchun
Chen Xiaoguang
Ma Peihua
Liu Xiaofeng
Wang Qinmin
Leung Chun-ying
Zhang Qingli
Main organ
Plenum of the CPPCC(Historical)
Plenary Session & Standing Committee of National Committee, CPPCC
Website [1]
Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference
Charter of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC) logo.svg
Simplified Chinese
Traditional Chinese
Short form
Simplified Chinese 人民政协
Traditional Chinese 人民政協
Literal meaning People's Political Consultation
Shortest form
Simplified Chinese 政协
Traditional Chinese 政協
Literal meaning Political Consultation
Third alternative Chinese name
Simplified Chinese 新政协
Traditional Chinese 新政協
Literal meaning New Political Consultation
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The Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC; About this sound Listen), also known as the People's PCC (人民政协) or just the PCC (政协), is a political advisory body in the People's Republic of China. The organisation consists of delegates from a range of political parties and organisations, as well as independent members. The proportion of representation of the various parties is determined by established convention, negotiated between the parties.

In practice, the largest and dominant party in the Conference is the Communist Party of China which has about two thirds of the seats. Other members are drawn from the United Front parties allied with the CPC, and from independent members who are not members of any party. The Conference is intended to be more representative and be composed of a broader range of people than is typical of government office in the People's Republic of China.

The National Committee of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (Chinese: 中国人民政治协商会议全国委员会; pinyin: Zhōngguó Rénmín Zhèngzhì Xiéshāng Huìyì Quanguo Weiyuanhui, shortened Chinese: 全国政协; pinyin: Quánguó Zhèngxié; literally: "National PCC") typically holds a yearly meeting at the same time as plenary sessions of the National People's Congress (NPC). Both CPPCC National Committee and NPC plenary sessions are often called the "National Lianghui" (The National Two Meetings), making important national level political decisions. The 2014 session of the CPPCC was scheduled to open on March 3, 2014, in conjunction with the annual session of China's National People's Congress (NPC).[3]

A less common translation is "the National Congress". This translation is discouraged, as it causes confusion with the National People's Congress as well as with the National Congress of the Communist Party of China.

The organisational hierarchy of the CPPCC includes the National Committee and regional committees. Regional committees of the CPPCC include the provincial, prefecture, and county level. According to Article 19, Section 2 of the Charter of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference, the relationship between the National Committee and the regional committees is a relationship of guidance (no direct leadership). So are the relationships between upper-level regional committees and lower-level committees. Operating budgets on each level are independently administered by the financial administrations for the region, making the National committee and all regional committees separate individual entities. An indirect leadership, however, exists via the United Front Departments on each level.


The first Plenum of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference in 1949

The Conference dated prior to the existence of People's Republic of China. During negotiations between the Communist Party of China and the Kuomintang in 1945, the two parties agreed to open multiparty talks on post-World War II political reforms via a Political Consultative Conference. This was included in the Double Tenth Agreement. This agreement was implemented by the Nationalist Government of the Republic of China, who organised the first Political Consultative Assembly from January 10–31, 1946. Representatives of the Kuomintang, Communist Party of China, Chinese Youth Party, and China Democratic League, as well as independent delegates, attended the conference in Chongqing.

In 1949, with the Communist Party having gained control of most of mainland China, they organised a "new" Political Consultative Conference in September, inviting delegates from various friendly parties to attend and discuss the establishment of a new state. This conference was then renamed the People's Political Consultative Conference. The first conference approved the Common Program, which served as the de facto constitution for the next five years. The conference approved the new national anthem, flag, capital city, and state name, and elected the first government of the People's Republic of China. In effect, the first People's Political Consultative Conference served as a constitutional convention.

From 1949 to 1954, the conference became the de facto legislature of the PRC. In 1954, the Constitution transferred this function to the National People's Congress.

Present role[edit]

The role that CPPCC plays in the Chinese government is stated in the preamble of the PRC Constitution. In practice, its role and powers are somewhat analogous to an advisory legislative upper house and there have been occasional proposals to formalise this role in the PRC Constitution.

"The Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference, a broadly based representative organization of the united front which has played a significant historical role, will play a still more important role in the country’s political and social life, in promoting friendship with other countries and in the struggle for socialist modernization and for the reunification and unity of the country. The system of the multi-party cooperation and political consultation led by the Communist Party of China will exist and develop for a long time to come."
—Preamble of the Constitution of the People's Republic of China[4]

The Communist Party of China and the aligned "democratic parties" participate in the CPPCC. Besides political parties, CPPCC also invites of representatives from various sectors of society[5]. The parties and groups which are represented in the CPPCC are:

  1. Communist Party of China
  2. Revolutionary Committee of the Chinese Kuomintang
  3. China Democratic League
  4. China Democratic National Construction Association
  5. China Association for Promoting Democracy
  6. Chinese Peasants' and Workers' Democratic Party
  7. China Party for Public Interest
  8. September 3 Society
  9. Taiwan Democratic Self-Government League
  10. All-China Federation of Industry and Commerce
  11. All-China Youth Federation
  12. All-China Women's Federation

National Committee[edit]

Buliding of the National Committee of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference

Standing Committee[edit]


Past Chairmen of the Committee and the current Chairman:

  1. Mao Zedong
  2. Zhou Enlai
  3. Deng Xiaoping
  4. Deng Yingchao
  5. Li Xiannian
  6. Li Ruihuan
  7. Jia Qinglin
  8. Yu Zhengsheng (since March 2013)
Current Vice Chairpersons
Current Secretary-General

Special Committees[edit]

The CPPCC National Committee has 9 Special Committees:

  1. Committee for Handling Proposals (提案委员会)
  2. Committee for Economic Affairs (经济委员会)
  3. Committee of Population, Resources and Environment (人口资源环境委员会)
  4. Committee of Education, Science, Culture, Health and Sports (教科文卫体委员会)
  5. Committee for Social and Legal Affairs (社会和法制委员会)
  6. Committee for Ethnic and Religious Affairs (民族和宗教委员会)
  7. Committee of Cultural and Historical Data (文史资料委员会)
  8. Committee for Liaison with Hong Kong, Macao, Taiwan and Overseas Chinese (港澳台侨委员会)
  9. Committee of Foreign Affairs (外事委员会)

Annual sessions[edit]


Struture of 2200 members in the 12th National Committee of CPPCC since June 2017 [6]:

Seats for Political Parties(536 in all)
Seats for People's organizations(307 in all)
Seats for Sectors(1357 in all)

The People’s Political Consultative Daily[edit]

The People’s Political Consultative Daily (《人民政协报》) is the press window of information on direct policies and viewpoints of the CPPCC. Like most of the Chinese political organs, the newspaper serves as the mouthpiece and press for the conference. Compared with other governmental newspapers, such as The People's Daily or The PLA Daily, The People’s Political Consultative Daily is not as hard line, but rather smooth in terms of wording. This is geared towards the nature of the organisation which many non-party members also participate in the conference.

Regional committees[edit]

  • CPPCC province-level committees
  • CPPCC prefecture-level committees
  • CPPCC county-level committees

See also[edit]

Notes and references[edit]

External links[edit]