|Type||Department directly reporting to the Central Committee of the Chinese Communist Party|
|Headquarters||Fuxing Road, Haidian District, Beijing|
|Liu Hongcai, Chen Fengxiang, Zhou Li, Guo Yezhou, Xu Lüping|
|Central Committee of the Chinese Communist Party|
|Affiliations||Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the People's Republic of China|
|International Department of Central Committee of the Chinese Communist Party|
The International Liaison Department of the Central Committee of the Chinese Communist Party (ILD; Chinese: 中国共产党中央委员会对外联络部; pinyin: Zhōngguó Gòngchǎndǎng Zhōngyāng Wěiyuánhuì Duìwài Liánluò Bù), better known by its former name International Department (ID), is an agency under the Central Committee of the Chinese Communist Party in charge of gathering intelligence on and influencing foreign political parties, think tanks, and academics as well as finding ways to divide potential critics.
The department was established in 1951, and was tasked with overseeing relations with foreign communist parties, especially the Communist Party of the Soviet Union and the socialist bloc. The ILD's mandate became more important following the Sino-Soviet split, as the party began more aggressively seeking supporters for its position among communist parties operating overseas. Afterwards it maintained ties between the CCP and the Maoist parties around the world, often attempting to foment revolution abroad by funneling money and resources to left-wing and rebel groups. From 1962 through the first half Cultural Revolution, foreign relations were mainly conducted by Kang Sheng on behalf of the Politburo Standing Committee.
In the 1980s under Deng Xiaoping, the ILD expanded its mission to include cultivating relations with non-communist parties, and shed its overtly revolutionary objectives. In this era, the department sought to forge ties with "any foreign political party that was willing to meet with it." With the end of the Cold War and collapse of the Soviet Union, the ILD's expanded mission of engaging with parties across the political spectrum became more important. Since the early 2000s, the ILD has increased its global outreach. According to scholar Anne-Marie Brady, the ILD is "tasked with gathering intelligence on foreign politicians and political parties, and developing asset relations with them."
Directors of the ILD:
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