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CPC General Secretary

This article is about the Head of Communist Party of China since 12th Central Committee in 1982. For the Leader of Communist Party between 1943 to 1982, see Chairman of the Communist Party of China.
General Secretary of the
Central Committee of the
Communist Party of China
Communist Party of China
Appointer the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China
Term length Five Years
Inaugural holder Chen Duxiu (1925)
Hu Yaobang (1982)
Formation 1925-1943
September, 1982
Website Top Leadership

The General Secretary of the Communist Party of China, officially General Secretary of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China, is the highest ranking official within the Communist Party of China, a standing member of the Politburo and head of the Secretariat.

According to the Constitution, the General Secretary must be a member of Politburo Standing Committee, China's de facto top decision-making body.[1] Since the early 1990s, the holder of the post has been, except for transitional periods, the Chairman of the Central Military Commission making the holder the leader of the People's Republic of China.

Powers and position

Since the abolition of the post Chairman of the Communist Party of China in 12th Central Committee in 1982, the General Secretary is the highest-ranking official of the party and heads the Central Secretariat, Political bureau and its Standing Committee.

Since its founding, the most important position in the PRC has been that of the General Secretary (or Chairman from 1922 to 1925 and 1943 to 1982). As a single party state, the Communist party leader holds ultimate power and authority over state and government.

List of general secretaries and chairmen

See also


  • China Online Encyclopedia

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