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Central Foreign Affairs Commission
Formation1981; 42 years ago (1981)
TypeSupra-ministerial policy coordination and consultation body
  • Beijing
Xi Jinping
Deputy Leader
Li Qiang
Director of General Office
Wang Yi
Parent organization
Central Committee
SubsidiariesForeign Affairs Office
Central Foreign Affairs Commission
Simplified Chinese中央外事工作委员会

The Chinese Communist Party Central Committee Foreign Affairs Commission is a commission of the Central Committee of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) that exercises general oversight on matters related to foreign affairs. It is currently chaired by CCP General Secretary Xi Jinping, with Premier Li Qiang as its deputy leader. The main execution body of the commission is the General Office, with the director of the Office being China's top diplomat, currently Wang Yi.[1] Since 1993, the leader of the group had also served as General Secretary of the Chinese Communist Party and the deputy leader of the group had also served as Premier of China.


The commission was first established in 1981 as the Central Foreign Affairs Leading Group (FALG or FALSG; Chinese: 中央外事工作领导小组; pinyin: Zhōngyāng Wàishì Gōngzuò Lǐngdǎo Xiǎozǔ). Established in 1981, the FALG was chaired until 1988 by Li Xiannian, a leading member of the Eight Elders, CCP Vice-chairman from 1977 to 1982, and Chinese president from 1983 to 1988; Li represented the interests of nationalist hard-liners and economic leftists, and generally opposed the policies of Deng Xiaoping, then-de facto leader. During the 1990s, the Chinese leadership became more institutionalized and less focused on factional and informal politics.

In March 2018, the leading group was redesignated the Central Foreign Affairs Commission.[2]


Yang Jiechi and General Fang Fenghui with James Mattis and Rex Tillerson, June 2017
Yang Jiechi and General Fang Fenghui with James Mattis and Rex Tillerson, June 2017

19th Committee

Since January 2023

20th Committee

Chronological list of leaders

  1. Li Xiannian, CCP Vice-chairman, President (1981–1988)
  2. Li Peng, CCP Politburo Standing Committee member and Premier (1988–1993)
  3. Jiang Zemin, CCP General Secretary and President (1993–2004)
  4. Hu Jintao, CCP General Secretary and President (2004–2013)
  5. Xi Jinping, CCP General Secretary and President (2013–)


  1. ^ "China's Communist Party Names Wang Yi to Lead Foreign Policy". Bloomberg News. 2023-01-01. Retrieved 2023-01-01.
  2. ^ "CPC releases plan on deepening reform of Party and state institutions". People's Daily. Archived from the original on 22 March 2018. Retrieved 24 March 2018.

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