Central Commission for Guiding Cultural and Ethical Progress
Agency overview
Formed21 April 1997; 26 years ago (1997-04-21)
Agency executives
Parent agencyCentral Committee of the Chinese Communist Party
Child agency
Websitewww.wenming.cn Edit this at Wikidata

The Central Guidance Commission on Building Spiritual Civilization (CGCBSC, Chinese: 中央精神文明建设指导委员会; pinyin: Zhōngyāng Jīngshénwénmíng Jiànshè Zhǐdǎo Wěiyuánhuì), officially known as the Central Commission for Guiding Cultural and Ethical Progress,[1] is a commission of the Central Committee of the Chinese Communist Party. It is tasked with educational efforts to build a "spiritual civilization" (Jingshen Wenming) based on socialism and the goal to build a socialist harmonious society, according to the official Chinese Communist Party (CCP) policy.[2]

Currently, Cai Qi serves as chairman, and Li Shulei is the vice-chair.


The commission was established on April 21, 1997.


As one of the most important ideological steering bodies of the CCP and the People's Republic of China, it controls nationwide propaganda and ideological dissemination, overlapping another similar body, the Leading Group for Propaganda and Ideological Work.[3] Both the Commission and the Leading Group are chaired by the Politburo Standing Committee responsible for propaganda, and overrules the CCP Propaganda Department.[citation needed]


Central Guidance Commission on Building Spiritual Civilization
Simplified Chinese中央精神文明建设指导委员会
Traditional Chinese中央精神文明建設指導委員會
Commonly abbreviated as
  1. Ding Guangen (1997–2002)
  2. Li Changchun (2002–2013)
  3. Liu Yunshan (2013–2017)
  4. Wang Huning (2017–2022)
  5. Cai Qi (2022–present)



  1. ^ "Publicity head stresses Chinese tourists' behavior abroad". China News Service. Xinhua News Agency. Retrieved 2022-12-27.
  2. ^ Shambaugh, David (January 2007). "China's Propaganda System: Institutions, Processes and Efficacy" (PDF). The China Journal. 57: 25–58. doi:10.1086/tcj.57.20066240. S2CID 222814073. Retrieved 5 October 2018.
  3. ^ Shambaugh 2007, p. 31.


  • Xu Dashen, Records of the People's Republic of China (《中华人民共和国实录》), Jilin People's Publishing House, 1994.