Last updated: February 18, 2019
The above chart and the following notes are based on relevant provisions of the P.R.C. Constitution, the Organic Law of the National People’s Congress, and the Decision of the 1st Session of the 13th National People’s Congress on Establishing the Special Committees of the 13th National People’s Congress. For more information on the duties and powers of the institutions mentioned, please refer to our Glossary as well as the Constitution and other relevant laws (access from the sidebar).
- Each National People’s Congress (NPC) determines the setup of its special committees, which work under its direction. The NPC also appoints their chairpersons, vice chairpersons, and other members—who are all NPC delegates.
- When the NPC is not in session, the special committees work under the direction of the NPC Standing Committee (NPCSC), which may during such period appoint additional vice chairpersons and members of the special committees upon nominations by the Council of Chairmen. Some members of the special committees are also members of the NPCSC.
- The NPC elects the constituent members of the NPCSC—that is, the Chairman, Vice Chairpersons, Secretary General, and other members—from its own delegates. The NPCSC reports to the NPC.
- The Chairman, Vice Chairpersons, and Secretary General constitute the Council of Chairmen, which handles the NPCSC’s important day-to-day work. The Chairman convenes the NPCSC’s sessions.
- The NPCSC appoints members of its working bodies upon nominations by the Chairman and appoints members of the Delegate Credentials Committee upon nominations by the Council of Chairmen. The General Office works under the direction of the Secretary General.