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The 20th Politburo

By SCMP Graphics and SCMP China desk

The Politburo and its Standing Committee are the Communist Party’s centres of power. Led by Xi Jinping, the party’s general secretary, Politburo members decide and implement the party’s political, economic and social agenda. This database will be updated to reflect any changes to members.

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Click on the images to see the profiles (

Star indicates new member)








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CCDI: Central Commission for Discipline Inspection

CCP: Chinese Communist Party

CMC: Central Military Commission

CPPCC: Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference

CYL: Communist Youth League

NDRC: National Development and Reform Commission

NPC: National People's Congress

PLA: People's Liberation Army

PRC: People's Republic of China

PSC: Politburo Standing Committee

Associate Creative Director Marcelo Duhalde
Illustration by Marcelo Duhalde
Web development by Han Huang
Reporting by William Zheng
Edited by Daniel Kwan, Jun Mai and Samantha Kierath

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