President of China

Ceremonial state representative of China

The President of China (officially President of the People's Republic of China) is the head of state of the People's Republic of China (PRC). On paper, the presidency is a largely ceremonial office with limited powers. However, in recent years the General Secretary of the Communist Party has also served simultaneously as President. His election to the office makes him paramount leader of China.[a] The office is classified as an institution of the state rather than an administrative post.[2]

President of the People's Republic of China
Xi Jinping

since 14 March 2013
StyleMr. / Madam President (主席) (formal)
His / Her Excellency (阁下) (diplomatic)
StatusHead of state
SeatWest Building, Zhongnanhai, Beijing (de jure)
NominatorPresidium of the National People's Congress
AppointerNational People's Congress
Term lengthFive years
Renewable; No term limits
Constituting instrumentConstitution of the People's Republic of China
Inaugural holderMao Zedong (as Chairman under the 1954 Constitution)
Li Xiannian (as President under the 1982 Constitution)
Formation27 September 1954
18 June 1983
AbolishedJanuary 1975 – December 1982
DeputyVice President
Salary¥152,121 RMB ($22,000 USD)[1]
President of the People's Republic of China
Simplified Chinese中华人民共和国主席
Traditional Chinese中華人民共和國主席
Literal meaningChinese People Republic Chairperson
Alternative Chinese name
Simplified Chinese国家主席
Traditional Chinese國家主席
Literal meaningState Chairperson

The current President is Xi Jinping. He took office on 14 March 2013.


  1. The office of the President is a prestigious one. The President is the Head of the State. The Constitution of 1982 restores powers and functions of the President for the first time after the office was abolished during the Cultural Revolution. The President is a largely ceremonial position.
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  2. It is listed as such in the current Constitution; it is thus equivalent to organs such as the State Council, rather than to offices such as that of the Premier.