The 16th Politburo of the Chinese Communist Party was elected by the 16th Central Committee of the Chinese Communist Party on November 15, 2002. It was nominally preceded by the 15th Politburo of the Chinese Communist Party. This was the main vanguard executive committee functioning within the Politburo Standing Committee of the Chinese Communist Party. It was formally superseded by the 17th Politburo of the Chinese Communist Party.

Standing Committee Members

Ordered in political position ranking
  1. Hu Jintao
  2. Wu Bangguo
  3. Wen Jiabao
  4. Jia Qinglin
  5. Zeng Qinghong
  6. Huang Ju (died in office, 2007)
  7. Wu Guanzheng
  8. Li Changchun
  9. Luo Gan


In stroke order of surnames:
  1. Wang Lequan, Party secretary of Xinjiang
  2. Wang Zhaoguo, Vice-chairman of the National People's Congress Standing Committee; chair, All-China Federation of Trade Unions
  3. Hui Liangyu, Vice-Premier
  4. Liu Qi, Party Secretary of Beijing
  5. Liu Yunshan, Head of the Propaganda Department
  6. Li Changchun, Chairman of the Central Guidance Commission for Spiritual Civilization
  7. Wu Yi, Vice-Premier
  8. Wu Bangguo, Chairman of the National People's Congress Standing Committee
  9. Wu Guanzheng, Head of Central Discipline Inspection Commission
  10. Zhang Lichang, Party secretary of Tianjin
  11. Zhang Dejiang, Party secretary of Guangdong
  12. Chen Liangyu, Party secretary of Shanghai (suspended 2006)
  13. Luo Gan, Secretary of the Political and Legal Affairs Commission
  14. Zhou Yongkang, State Councilor, Minister of Public Security
  15. Hu Jintao, General Secretary of the Communist Party, President of China, Chairman of the Central Military Commission
  16. Yu Zhengsheng, Party secretary of Hubei
  17. He Guoqiang, Head of the Organization Department
  18. Jia Qinglin, Chairman of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference
  19. Guo Boxiong, Vice-chairman, Central Military Commission
  20. Huang Ju, Vice-Premier (died in office in June 2007)
  21. Cao Gangchuan, State Councilor, Minister of Defense
  22. Zeng Qinghong, vice-president, Principal of Central Party School
  23. Zeng Peiyan, Vice-Premier
  24. Wen Jiabao, Premier

Alternate Member