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The General Secretary of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China (simplified Chinese: 中国共产党中央委员会总书记traditional Chinese: 中國共產黨中央委員會總書記pinyin: Zhōngguó Gòngchǎndǎng Zhōngyāng Wěiyuánhuì Zǒngshūjì) is the highest ranking official within the Communist Party of China and heads the Politburo of the Communist Party of China.

Since the abolition of the post Chairman of the Communist Party of China in 1982, the General Secretary is the highest ranking official of the party and heads the Politburo of the Party and its Standing Committee. Recently, the General Secretary holds the authority of Paramount leader in China. General Secretary holds the highest Political position ranking of PRC which is the most powerful position in the Chinese government.

For a list of office-holders, see List of leaders of the Communist Party of China.


The interaction between Comintern agents and Chinese General Secretaries


Chen Duxiu

In June 1920, Comintern agent Grigori Voitinsky was sent to China, and met Li Dazhao and Chen Duxiu, the Chinese Communist Party was formed under the guideline of the Comintern, and was its first Chairman and first General Secretary. Chen was expelled from the CCP due to conflict with Comintern agents, and in 1942 died of heart attack.

Wang Ming

The Soviet Union, through the vehicle of the Comintern, was using Wang Ming to control the operating of the CCP.

According to Jung Chang in Mao: The Unknown Story, Mao Zedong tried to assassinate Wang Ming using poison.

Wang Ming died in 1974 in Moscow.

Xiang Zhongfa

Xiang Zhongfa was the General Secretary in 1928 – 1931.

In October 1927, the Comintern asked the CCP to organize a delegation to Moscow to attend the celebration ceremony of 10th anniversary of the October Revolution, and Xiang was elected to be the director of the delegation to the Soviet Union.

In January 1928 Xiang wrote letters to Stalin and Bukharin, denouncing the CCP. Then in March 1928, the Comintern asked the CCP to hold its 6th National Congress in Moscow.

Xiang Zhongfa was arrested by the KMT on June 21, 1931, then told the KMT all he knew of CCP. Chiang Kai-shek regarded Xiang as a useless defector, so ordered his exceution.

Li Lisan

Li Lisan was the General Secretary between 1929 – 1930, and reputed to have committed suicide during Cultural Revolution.

Zhang Wentian

Zhang Wentian was the General Secretary between 1935 -1943, in 1976.7.1 died of heart attack. He suffered prolong persecution in the hands of Red Guards during Cultural Revolution.

In 1925, Zhang studied in Moscow Moscow Sun Yat-sen University, where he established connection with Comintern.

See also


General Secretaries (1921-1943)

General Secretaries (since 1982)


  • China Online Encyclopedia


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