National Emblem of the People's Republic of China
National Emblem of the People's Republic of China
The 12th National People's Congress held in 2013
Emblem of the Chinese Communist Party
Paramount leader and General Secretary Xi Jinping
The CMC is housed in the Ministry of National Defense compound ("August 1st Building")
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Emblem of the People's Procuratorate

The paramount leader, also named supreme leader of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) and Government of the People's Republic of China (PRC) is an informal term for the most prominent political leader in China.

- Paramount leader

However, since 1993, as a matter of convention, the presidency has been held simultaneously by the General Secretary of the Chinese Communist Party, the top leader in the one-party system.

- Government of China
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However, as a matter of convention, the presidency is held simultaneously by the general secretary of the Chinese Communist Party, who also serves as the chairman of the Central Military Commission, thus is often the paramount leader of China.

The presidency is officially regarded as an institution of the state rather than an administrative post; Under the constitution, the president serves at the pleasure of the National People's Congress (NPC), the highest organ of state power and the legislature, and is not legally vested to take executive action on his own prerogative.

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Founding and sole ruling party of the People's Republic of China (PRC).

Founding and sole ruling party of the People's Republic of China (PRC).

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However, since 1993, as a matter of convention, the presidency has been held simultaneously by the General Secretary of the Chinese Communist Party, the top leader in the one party system.

The presidency is officially regarded as an institution of the state rather than an administrative post; theoretically, the President serves at the pleasure of the National People's Congress, the legislature, and is not legally vested to take executive action on its own prerogative.