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Political position ranking of PRC

The political ranking of the People's Republic of China refers to the ranking of political leaders in China, by order of presumed political power. Although there is no formally published ranking, the relative positions of Chinese political figures can usually be deduced from the order in meetings and especially by the time and order which figures are covered by the official nedia.

Depending on the person and the time period, the hierarchy will vary accordingly. Although Chinese political positions are becoming increasingly institutionalized, part of the power of Chinese leaders still derives from who they are, rather than want position they hold.

Individuals could hold multiple top leadership titles but also be unable to claim to be the defacto ruler as was the case with Hua Guofeng, when "paramount leader" Deng Xiaoping was present. The traditional ranking system was based upon the hierarchial line of the politburo standing committee, however "special" cases do arise as it is the case with Jiang Zemin and the 4th Generation leaders. Jiang, although retired from the politburo and the central committee, is nonethless ranked number two for being the all powerful CMC chairman.

Typical Ranking is as follows:

Type 1: General Secretary of the Communist Party of China, President of the PRC, Chairman of the Central Military Commission[?], Chairman of the National People's Congress, Premier of the state council, Chairman of the Chinese People's Consultive Conference Vice President of the PRC

Type 2: General Secretary of the Communist Party of China, President of the PRC, Chairman of the National People's Congress, Chairman of the Central Military Commission[?], Premier of the state council, Chairman of the Chinese People's Consultive Conference Vice President of the PRC

Type 3: General Secretary of the Communist Party of China, Chairman of the National People's Congress, Chairman of the Central Military Commission[?], Premier of the state council, President of the PRC, Chairman of the Chinese People's Consultive Conference Vice President of the PRC

Type 4: General Secretary of the Communist Party of China, President of the PRC, Chairman of the Central Military Commission[?], Premier of the state council, Chairman of the National People's Congress, Chairman of the Chinese People's Consultive Conference Vice President of the PRC

Type 5: General Secretary of the Communist Party of China, President of the PRC, Premier of the state council, Chairman of the Central Military Commission[?], Chairman of the National People's Congress, Chairman of the Chinese People's Consultive Conference Vice President of the PRC

See also: Politics of the People's Republic of China



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