Central Foreign Affairs Commission

Central Foreign Affairs Commission
Formation 1981
Type Supra-ministerial policy coordination and consultation body
  • Beijing
Xi Jinping
Deputy leader
Li Keqiang
Chief of General Office
Yang Jiechi
Parent organization
Central Committee of the Communist Party of China
Subsidiaries The Foreign Affairs Office
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The Central Foreign Affairs Commission (simplified Chinese: 中央外事工作委员会; traditional Chinese: 中央外事工作委員會; pinyin: Zhōngyāng Wàishì Gōngzuò Wěiyuánhuì), formerly known as the Central Foreign Affairs Leading (Small) Group (FALG or FALSG; simplified Chinese: 中央外事工作领导小组; traditional Chinese: 中央外事工作領導小組; pinyin: Zhōngyāng Wàishì Gōngzuò Lǐngdǎo Xiǎozǔ) is a commission of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China that exercises general oversight on matters related to foreign affairs. It is currently chaired by Party General Secretary and President Xi Jinping, who is assisted by its office director and Premier Li Keqiang is deputy director. Politburo member Yang Jiechi, and its membership includes officials of minister-rank and above.

The FALG became much more important in the 1990s as the PRC leadership became much more institutionalized and less focused on factional and informal politics. Since 1993 the leader of the group had also served as General Secretary of the Communist Party of China and President of the People's Republic of China.

The main execution body of the FALG is the Foreign Affairs Office.

In March 2018, the leading group was redesignated the Central Foreign Affairs Commission.[1]

Current Membership

Since November 2017

List of Leaders

  1. Li Xiannian (1981–1988)
  2. Li Peng (1988–1993)
  3. Jiang Zemin (1993–2002)
  4. Hu Jintao (2002–2013)
  5. Xi Jinping (2013–)


  1. "CPC releases plan on deepening reform of Party and state institutions". People's Daily Online. Retrieved 24 March 2018.

See also

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