An Introduction to Democratic Parties
China's democratic parties are members of the patriotic united front under the leadership of the Communist Party of China (CPC). They are components of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC). They maintain ties with, and are political alliances of, socialist workers and patriots who support socialism.

Accepting the CPC's leadership, the democratic parties take part in China's state and government affairs. Their principal roles are to participate in government and political affairs, make suggestions and criticisms, and assume democratic supervision.

The democratic parties take part in the management of state affairs and in consultation about major state policies and problems in social life. They maintain close cooperation with the CPC and supervise each other.

The eight Chinese democratic parties are the Revolutionary Committee of the Chinese Kuomintang, the China Democratic League, the China Democratic National Construction Association, the China Association for Promoting Democracy, the Chinese Peasants and Workers Democratic Party, the China Zhi Gong Party (Public Interests Party), the Jiu San (September 3rd) Society, and the Taiwan Democratic Self-Government League.

All democratic parties have accepted the CPPCC Common Program and the Constitution of the People's Republic of China as the standard of their activities in China's socialist revolution and construction. They support socialism and actively take part in the state political affairs. They have played an essential part in mobilizing their members to participate in stepping up socialist construction and improving morality.

Source: China Yearbook 2004