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15th National Congress of the Chinese Communist Party
CCP flag
The flag of the Chinese Communist Party
Date12–18 September 1997 (6 days)
LocationGreat Hall of the People, Beijing, China
Participants2,048 delegates
OutcomeElection of the 15th Central Committee and 15th Central Commission for Discipline Inspection

The 15th National Congress of the Chinese Communist Party was held in Beijing between September 12 and 18, 1997. It was preceded by the 14th National Congress of the Chinese Communist Party and was followed by the 16th National Congress of the Chinese Communist Party. 2,048 delegates and 60 specially invited delegates represented the party's estimated 59 million members.

The congress elected a 344-member 15th CCP Central Committee, as well as a 115-member Central Commission for Discipline Inspection (CCDI). This change in membership made the new average age of the CCP 55 and percentage of members holding university or college level education 92.4%. Jiang Zemin was reappointed CCP General Secretary and Chairman of the Central Military Commission.

15th National Congress of the Chinese Communist Party
Simplified Chinese中国共产党第十五次全国代表大会
Traditional Chinese中國共產黨第十五次全國代表大會
Abbreviated name

Changes to the constitution

The constitution was changed to make Deng Xiaoping Theory a guiding ideology of the Chinese Communist Party alongside Marxism–Leninism and Mao Zedong Thought. It was revealed in a presentation by Jiang Zemin that an "All-Round Advancement would be adopted toward the Cause of Building Socialism with Chinese Characteristics well into the 21st Century."[1][2]


  1. ^ 张若琼. "The 15th National Congress". www.chinadaily.com.cn. Retrieved 2017-07-30.
  2. ^ "15th National Congress of the CPC". Archived from the original on 2017-05-18. Retrieved 2019-03-31.