Vice Chairman of the Communist Party of China

The Vice Chairman of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China (simplified Chinese: 中国共产党中央委员会副主席; traditional Chinese: 中國共產黨中央委員會副主席; pinyin: Zhōngguó Gòngchǎndǎng Zhōngyāng Wěiyuánhuì Fù Zhǔxí) was the highest rank under the Party Chairman within the Communist Party of China (CPC) from 1956 to 1982. The position was phased out after 1982 in order to remove the "Chairman" position from any government posting, resigning it solely to the late Mao.

All the vice-chairmen were members of the CPC Politburo Standing Committee.

Term Image Name Term Chairman Note
Term startTerm end
8th CPC Central Committee Liu Shaoqi September 1956August 1966
Mao Zedong
In office until the Eleventh Plenary Session
Zhou Enlai September 1956August 1966
Zhu De September 1956August 1966
Chen Yun September 1956August 1966
Lin Biao May 1958April 1969 Elected at the Fifth Plenary Session
9th CPC Central Committee Lin Biao April 1969September 1971
Mao Zedong
The only party vice-chairman
10th CPC Central Committee Hua Guofeng April 1976October 1976
Mao Zedong

Hua Guofeng
First Vice-Chairman
Zhou Enlai August 1973January 1976 Died in office
Wang Hongwen August 1973October 1976 Gang of Four, arrested in 1976, expelled in 1977
Kang Sheng August 1973December 1975 Died in office
Ye Jianying August 1973August 1977 From October 1976 to July 1977, was the only Party Vice-Chairman
Li Desheng August 1973January 1975 Resigned at the Second Plenary Session
Deng Xiaoping January 1975
July 1977
April 1976
August 1977
Elected at the Second Plenary Session. Removed from office due to Tiananmen Incident. Reinstated at the Third Plenum
11th CPC Central Committee Ye Jianying August 1977September 1982
Hua Guofeng

Hu Yaobang
Deng Xiaoping August 1977September 1982
Li Xiannian August 1977September 1982
Wang Dongxing August 1977February 1980 Resigned at the Fifth Plenary Session
Chen Yun December 1978September 1982 Elected at the Third Plenary Session
Zhao Ziyang June 1981September 1982 Elected at the Sixth Plenary Session
Hua Guofeng June 1981September 1982 Elected at the Sixth Plenary Session
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