Central Advisory Commission

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Central Advisory Commission
of the Communist Party of China

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Advisory body composed of elder members of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China, Communist Party of China
Elected by
SeatsBetween 172 and 200
Meeting place
Huairen Hall, Zhongnanhai
Beijing (Standing Committee)[1]
Great Hall of the People, Beijing
(Plenary Meetings)[2]

The Central Advisory Commission (simplified Chinese: 中央顾问委员会; traditional Chinese: 中央顧問委員會; pinyin: Zhōngyāng Gùwèn Wěiyuánhuì) (CAC) was a body of the Communist Party of China that existed during the era of the paramount leadership of Deng Xiaoping. The body was supposed to provide "political assistance and consultation" to the Party's Central Committee; however, as the CAC was a select group of senior Party members, it was often seen as having more authority unofficially than that body.


The commission was established after the Twelfth Party Congress in 1982, and abolished in 1992. Its chairmen were Deng Xiaoping (1982–1987) and Chen Yun (1987–1992). Its membership was offered only to members of the Central Committee with forty years or more of service which made it an important forum for the Eight Elders to remain formally involved in politics. Directors and Deputy Directors were required to have first served in the Politburo or Standing Committee. Despite being supposedly advisory its power surpassed that of the Politburo Standing Committee and was nicknamed the "Sitting Committee" on account of the advanced age of its members.

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  1. ^ Wang, Mei. "中央顧問委員會:特定歷史時期的獨特選擇". People. People's Network. Retrieved 16 February 2018.
  2. ^ "中顾委第四次全会(1985年9月14日)". People. People's Network. Retrieved 16 February 2018.