10 May 2012
Understanding China’s Political System
This report is designed to provide Congress with a perspective on the contemporary political system of China, the only Communist Party-led authoritarian state in the G-20 grouping of major economies. China’s Communist Party dominates state and society in China, is committed to maintaining a permanent monopoly on power, and is intolerant of those who question its right to rule. The report opens with a brief overview of China’s leading political institutions. Following the overview, the report introduces a number of distinct features of China’s formal political culture and discusses some of their implications for U.S.-China relations.The second half of the report is devoted to detailed discussion of China’s formal political structures.
Michael F Martin
Appendix A. Official Members of the CCP’s Political Bureau (Politburo) and its Standing Committee Appendix B. Official Members of China’s State Council (by title). Appendix C. Current Members of Central Military Commission