The term non-communist parties refers to the eight other parties apart from the Communist Party of China (CPC) which take part in the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC) as part of the patriotic united front led by the Communist Party of China: Revolutionary Committee of the Chinese Kuomintang (http://www.minge.gov.cn/) (http://english.gov.cn/2005-08/15/content_23323.htm), China Democratic League (http://www.dem-league.org.cn/) (http://english.gov.cn/2005-08/15/content_23324.htm), China Democratic National Construction Association (http://www.cndca.org.cn/) (http://english.gov.cn/2005-08/16/content_23629.htm), China Association for Promoting Democracy (http://www.mj.org.cn/english.hr) (http://english.gov.cn/2005-08/16/content_23645.htm), Chinese Peasants and Workers’ Democratic Party (http://www.ngd.org.cn/) (http://english.gov.cn/2005-08/16/content_23646.htm), China Zhi Gong Dang (http://www.chinazhigongparty.org.cn/) (http://english.gov.cn/2005-08/16/content_23650.htm), Jiu San Society (http://www.93.gov.cn/) (http://english.gov.cn/2005-08/16/content_23652.htm) and Taiwan Democratic Self-government League (http://www.taimeng.org.cn/) (http://english.gov.cn/2005-08/16/content_23655.htm).
These parties all support the CPC’s political leadership, and enjoy political freedom, organizational independence and lawful equality within the vested scope of the Constitution. The basic principle of the cooperation between the CPC and the other parties is “long-term coexistence and mutual supervision, treating each other with full sincerity and sharing weal and woe.”
Many of their members hold posts in the standing committees of the people’s congresses, CPPCC committees, government organs, and economic, cultural, educational, scientific and technological departments. For instance, the chairpersons (or honorary chairpersons) of the eight parties’ central committees are concurrently vice-chairs of the NPC Standing Committee or the CPPCC National Committee. With a combined number of members exceeding 700,000, they have set up branches and grassroots organizations in all the provinces, autonomous regions and municipalities directly under the Central Government, and in large and medium cities.