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Officially recognized minor Chinese political parties (those parties other than the Communist Party of China and not actively suppressed by censorship and other means) compose The United Front, which is a nominally popular front nominally sharing power with the Communist Party (in reality the CPC is the only party of the People's Republic of China, controlling the state apparatus, the military, and the media). The Front is managed by the United Front Work Department of the Central Committee of the Communist Party and consists of the All-China Federation of Industry and Commerce and eight minor parties.

The United Front is represented together with other mass organizations such as trade unions, women's and youth organizations, minorities, etc. in the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference.

The United Front holds no real power independent of the CPC. It serves a merely symbolic function and its leaders are mostly selected by the Communist Party or are themselves CPC members.

Chinese Communist Party

United Front Parties:

Revolutionary Committee of the Kuomintang

China Democratic League

China National Democratic Construction Association

China Association for Promoting Democracy

Chinese Peasants' and Workers' Democratic Party

China Party for Public Interest

September 3rd Society

Taiwan Democratic Self-Government League

Actively suppressed Political Parties include:

Democracy Party of China

New Democracy Party of China

Union of Chinese Nationalists

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