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List of political parties in China

China, officially the People's Republic of China, is formally a multi-party state under the leadership of the Communist Party of China (CPC) in a United Front similar to the popular fronts of former Communist-era Eastern European countries such as the National Front of Democratic Germany.

Under the one country, two systems scheme, the special administrative regions of Hong Kong and Macau, which were previously colonies of European powers, operate under a different political system to the rest of China. Currently, both Hong Kong and Macau possess multi-party systems.[1]

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Relationships with the Communist PartyEdit

In practice, only one political party holds effective power at the national level, namely the CPC. Its dominance is such that China is effectively a one-party state. Eight minor parties are part of the United Front and also take part in the political system, but they have limited power on a national level. The minor parties in the Front are almost completely subservient to the CPC; they must accept the "leading role" of the CPC as a condition of their continued existence. The Chinese political system allows for the participation of some non-CPC members and minor parties in the National People's Congress (NPC), but they are vetted by the CPC. The Constitution of China states in the preamble: "The system of the multi-party cooperation and political consultation led by the Communist Party of China will exist and develop for a long time to come."[2]

PartiesEdit

Current institutional partiesEdit

English name
(abbreviation)
Chinese name
(abbreviation)
Date founded Existed Location founded Members Current leader Official website
Communist Party of China (CPC) – ruling party 中国共产党(中共) 1 July 1921 98 years, 20 days Shanghai, China 89,450,000 General Secretary
Mr. Xi Jinping
[3]
Revolutionary Committee of the Chinese Kuomintang (RCCK) 中国国民党革命委员会(民革) 1 January 1948 71 years, 201 days British Hong Kong 127,930 Chairman
Prof. Wan Exiang
[4]
China Democratic League (CDL) 中国民主同盟(民盟) 19 March 1941 78 years, 124 days Chongqing, China 282,000 Chairman
Prof. Ding Zhongli
[5]
China Democratic National Construction Association (CDNCA) 中国民主建国会(民建) 16 December 1945 73 years, 217 days Chongqing, China 170,000 Chairman
Prof. Hao Mingjin
[6]
China Association for Promoting Democracy (CAPD) 中国民主促进会(民进) 30 December 1945 73 years, 203 days Shanghai, China 156,808 Chairman
Prof. Cai Dafeng
[7]
Chinese Peasants' and Workers' Democratic Party (CPWDP) 中国农工民主党(农工党) 9 August 1930 88 years, 346 days Shanghai, China 145,000 Chairman
Prof. Chen Zhu
[8]
China Zhi Gong Party (CZGP) 中国致公党(致公党) 10 October 1925 93 years, 284 days Los Angeles, California, United States 48,000 Chairman
Prof. Wan Gang
[9]
Jiusan Society (JS) 九三学社 3 September 1945 73 years, 321 days Chongqing, China 167,218 Chairman
Prof. Wu Weihua
[10]
Taiwan Democratic Self-Government League (TDSGL) 台湾民主自治同盟(台盟) 12 November 1947 71 years, 251 days British Hong Kong 3,000 Chairwoman
Ms. Su Hui
[11]

Suppressed partiesEdit

The following parties have been and are currently suppressed in China. Due to censorship and suppression, they most likely have their headquarters outside the Chinese mainland.

Historical Republic of ChinaEdit

 
Sun Yat-sen together with the members of the Singapore branch of the Tongmenghui

The Republic of China (ROC) was founded by the Kuomintang (KMT) leader Dr. Sun Yat-sen in 1912. The Kuomintang's prior revolutionary political group, the Revive China Society, was founded on 24 November 1894. It later merged with various other revolutionary groups to form the Tongmenghui in 1905. In August 1911, the Tongmenghui further merged with various other political parties i]n Beijing to form the KMT. In July 1914, the KMT re-organized itself as the Chinese Revolutionary Party in Tokyo, Japan. In 1919, the party officially renamed itself as Kuomintang of China, which literally translates to Chinese Nationalist Party.[24] It was China's first major political party. In 1921, the Communist Party of China (CPC) was founded by Chen Duxiu and Li Dazhao in Shanghai as a study society and an informal network. Slowly, the CPC began to grow. These were the two major political parties in China during the time when the ROC ruled mainland China from 1911 to 1949.

During the Chinese Civil War, under the leadership of the CPC the People's Liberation Army defeated the National Revolutionary Army of the Kuomintang in 1949. The Kuomintang had no choice but to leave mainland China and move to the island of Taiwan in 1945 from Japan, then fled there with the aim to retake mainland China and retained the name Republic of China even though the CPC claimed that it had ceased to exist after 1949.

ReferencesEdit

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  7. ^ "Info". mj.org.cn.
  8. ^ "Info". ngd.org.cn.
  9. ^ "Info". zg.org.cn.
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  13. ^ a b Goldsmith, Jack L.; and Wu, Tim (2006). Who Controls the Internet?: Illusions of a Borderless World. Oxford University Press. ISBN 0-19-515266-2.
  14. ^ "Chinese Pan-Blue Alliance Members Arrested". Epoch Times. 18 February 2008.
  15. ^ Moore, Malcolm. "Former teacher names Bo Xilai chairman of 'new political party'". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 10 November 2013.
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  17. ^ Shao, Heng. "Bizarre China Report: The Grand Wedding, Power Play & Smog-Inspired Creativity". Forbes.
  18. ^ "北京民政局发出取缔"至宪党"决定". Deutsche Welle. 14 December 2013. Retrieved 28 December 2016.
  19. ^ Su, Yuan (2017). 1978-1979: Diary. China Cultural Communication Press.
  20. ^ "'四人帮'在福建打游击". 展望. 01. 1977-01-01.
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  24. ^ "- 中國國民黨全球資訊網 KMT Official Website". 中國國民黨全球資訊網.

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