General Secretary of the Chinese Communist Party
|General Secretary of the|
Central Committee of the
Communist Party of China
|Central Committee of the Chinese Communist Party|
|Type||Party leader, Paramount leader|
|Reports to||National Congress of the Chinese Communist Party|
|Seat||Qinzheng Hall, Zhongnanhai, Beijing|
|Nominator||Central Committee of the Chinese Communist Party|
|Appointer||Central Committee of the Communist Party of China|
|Term length||Five years, no term limit|
|Constituting instrument||Constitution of the Chinese Communist Party|
|Inaugural holder||Chen Duxiu (1925)|
Hu Yaobang (1982)
|General Secretary of the Chinese Communist Party|
|General Secretary of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China|
|Commonly abbreviated as|
The General Secretary of the Communist Party of China is the leader of the Communist Party of China and the highest-ranking official within China. The General Secretary is a standing member of the Politburo and head of the Secretariat. The officeholder is usually considered the paramount leader of the People's Republic of China.
According to the Constitution, the General Secretary serves as a member of the Politburo Standing Committee, the main governing group in China. Since the early 1990s, the holder of the post has been, except for transitional periods, the Chairman of the Central Military Commission. This means that the holder is also the commander-in-chief of the People's Liberation Army.[a]
The current General Secretary is Xi Jinping. He took office on 15 November 2012.
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- Xi Jinping, 59, was named general secretary of the 82-million-member Communist Party and is set to take over the presidency, a mostly ceremonial post, from Hu Jintao in March.
- "文革后的中南海：中央办事效率最高的时期". LYWZC.com. Comsenz Inc. Archived from the original on 8 February 2018. Retrieved 7 February 2018..
- Chapter III Central Organizations of the Party - Article 22
- Who’s Who in China’s New Communist Party Leadership Lineup - Bloomberg