Politburo of the Chinese Communist Party

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Central Political Bureau of the Communist Party of China

中国共产党中央政治局
Coat of arms or logo
Leadership
Status
Leader of
the Party
1st-ranked
member
Elected by
the Central Committee
Responsible to
the Central Committee
Seats25
Meeting place
1st National People's Congress 1.jpg
Huairen Hall, Zhongnanhai
Beijing, China[1]
Politburo of the Chinese Communist Party
Simplified Chinese中国共产党中央政治局
Traditional Chinese中國共產黨中央政治局
Literal meaningChina Communist Party Central Political Bureau
Politburo
Chinese政治局
Literal meaningPolitical Bureau

The Politburo of the Chinese Communist Party, formally known as the Central Political Bureau of the Communist Party of China and known as the Central Bureau before 1927, is the decision-making body of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP). Currently, it is a group of 25 top officials who oversee the CCP. Unlike politburos (political bureaus) of other Communist parties, power within the politburo is further centralized in the Politburo Standing Committee, a smaller group of Politburo members.

The Politburo is nominally elected by the Central Committee. In practice, however, scholars of Chinese elite politics believe that the Politburo is a self-perpetuating body, with new members of both the Politburo and its Standing Committee chosen through a series of deliberations by current Politburo members and retired Politburo Standing Committee members. The current and former Politburo members conduct a series of informal straw polls to determine the group's level of support for each new candidate's membership in the Politburo. The process for selecting the new Politburo begins with a closed door meeting by the incumbent Politburo Standing Committee in Beidaihe in the summer before the National Congress of the CCP convenes.[2][3]

The power of the Politburo resides largely in the fact that its members generally simultaneously hold positions within the People's Republic of China state positions and with the control over personnel appointments that the Politburo and Secretariat have. In addition, some Politburo members hold powerful regional positions. How the Politburo works internally is unclear, but it appears that the full Politburo meets once a month and the standing committee meets weekly. This is believed to be much more infrequent than the former Soviet Politburo had met. The agenda for the meetings appears to be controlled by the General Secretary and decisions are made by consensus rather than by majority vote.[4]

The Politburo was eclipsed by the Secretariat of the Chinese Communist Party in the early 1980s under Hu Yaobang,[5] but has re-emerged as a dominant force after Hu's ousting in 1987.

Composition and Selection[edit]

Since the 1990s, Politburo members concurrently held posts in the party apparatus, in state posts, and as regional party chiefs.[6] In addition, members serving in the military and security sectors have been limited to 3 posts; in contrast, most members in the 1980s had a military command background.[6] In 2017, for the 19th Central Committee Politburo, aside from the heads of the four main institutional hierarchies—the CCP, the National People's Congress, the State Council and the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference, there were six members each holding posts in the party, the national government, the regional governments, and three in the military.[6] The average age of the 2017 Politburo’s members was 62, which was similar to those in recent decades. Before that, the Party under Deng Xiaoping deliberately encouraged turnover by imposing term limits and retirement ages.[6]

In October 2017, at the First Plenary Session of the 19th CCP Central Committee, it was decided that all Politburo members shall make an annual written presentation to the Central Committee and the General Secretary.[7] In March 2018, all Standing Committee members and members of the Politburo made their first written presentation to the Central Committee and General Secretary Xi Jinping.[8]

Current Politburo[edit]

The 19th Politburo was elected at the first plenary session of the 19th Central Committee in October 2017.

Hanzi Name Year of birth Office(s)
习近平 Xi Jinping
1953
General Secretary of the Chinese Communist Party
President of the People's Republic of China
Chairman of the Central Military Commission
李克强 Li Keqiang
1955
Premier of the State Council
栗战书 Li Zhanshu
1950
Chairman of the National People's Congress Standing Committee
汪洋 Wang Yang
1955
Chairman of the National Committee of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference
王沪宁 Wang Huning
1955
Secretary of the Central Secretariat (first-ranked)
赵乐际 Zhao Leji
1957
Secretary of the Central Commission for Discipline Inspection
韩正 Han Zheng
1954
Vice Premier of the State Council (first-ranked)
丁薛祥 Ding Xuexiang
1962
Director of the General Office
王晨 Wang Chen
1950
Vice Chairman of the Standing Committee of the National People's Congress
刘鹤 Liu He
1952
Vice Premier of the State Council
许其亮 Xu Qiliang
1950
Vice Chairman of the Central Military Commission
孙春兰 Sun Chunlan
1950
Vice Premier of the State Council
李希 Li Xi
1956
Party Secretary of Guangdong
李强 Li Qiang
1959
Party Secretary of Shanghai
李鸿忠 Li Hongzhong
1956
Party Secretary of Tianjin
胡春华 Hu Chunhua
1963
Vice Premier of the State Council
杨洁篪 Yang Jiechi
1950
Director of the Office of Foreign Affairs
杨晓渡 Yang Xiaodu
1953
Director of the National Supervisory Commission
张又侠 Zhang Youxia
1950
Vice Chairman of the Central Military Commission
陈希 Chen Xi
1953
Head of the Organization Department
陈全国 Chen Quanguo
1955
Party Secretary of the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region
陈敏尔 Chen Min'er
1960
Party Secretary of Chongqing
郭声琨 Guo Shengkun
1954
Secretary of the Political and Legal Affairs Commission
黄坤明 Huang Kunming
1956
Head of the Propaganda Department
蔡奇 Cai Qi
1955
Party Secretary of Beijing

References[edit]

  1. ^ Wang, Jun (15 June 2013). "中央政治局如何开会". qikan.com. Archived from the original on 19 October 2017. Retrieved 18 October 2017.
  2. ^ Li, Cheng (2016). Chinese Politics in the Xi Jinping Era: Reassessing Collective Leadership. Brookings Institution Press. ISBN 9780815726937. Retrieved 18 October 2017.
  3. ^ Kang Lim, Benjamin (20 November 2017). "Exclusive: China's backroom powerbrokers block reform candidates - sources". Reuters. Retrieved 18 October 2017.
  4. ^ Miller, H. "Hu Jintao and the Party Politburo" (PDF). China Leadership Monitor. Hoover Institution. p. 5. Retrieved 15 October 2011.
  5. ^ Li, Cheng et al. (2008). China's Changing Political Landscape, Washington: Brookings Institution Press. ISBN 978-0-8157-5209-7.
  6. ^ a b c d Miller, Alice. "The 19th Central Committee Politburo." China Leadership Monitor 55 (2018).
  7. ^ "中共中央政治局召开会议 研究部署学习宣传贯彻党的十九大精神". Archived from the original on 2020-11-09. Retrieved 2019-02-28.
  8. ^ "中央政治局同志向党中央和习近平总书记述职". Archived from the original on 2020-11-09. Retrieved 2019-02-28.

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