The Committee


The Central Committee of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) is the locus of political power in China. It includes the rulers of today and the leaders of tomorrow. This product—which will be updated and have new features added over time—currently contains bilingual biographical data for all 375 members and allows you to search or filter based on demographic criteria. The Committee also comes with analyses of Chinese elite and bureaucratic politics, which can be found here. For notes on methodology and contact details, see the Overview.

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The 19th Central Committee, selected in 2017 and likely to serve until 2022, has 203 full members and 172 alternate members. Alternates cannot vote on the committee’s decisions. Within the Central Committee are 25 members who constitute its Politburo, whose Standing Committee contains China’s most powerful politicians, including the CCP General Secretary. Major personnel turnover occurs every five years at the CCP National Congress.


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