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All power within the government of the People's Republic of China is divided among several bodies: ⁕the political branch, the Communist Party of China ⁕the executive branch, the State Council ⁕the legislative branch, the National People's Congress. ⁕the judicial branch, the Supreme People's Court ⁕the military branch, People's Liberation Army via the Central Military Commission This article is concerned with the formal administrative structure of the state, its branches, departments and their responsibilities. Most, but not all, positions of significant power in the state structure and in the military are occupied by members of the Communist Party of China which is controlled by the Politburo Standing Committee of the Communist Party of China, a group of 4 to 9 people, usually all older men, who make all decisions of national significance. As the role of the military is to enforce these decisions, the support of the PLA is important in maintaining Party rule. Power is concentrated in the Paramount Leader, currently Xi Jinping, who heads the three most important political and state offices: He is General Secretary of the Communist Party and of the Central Committee and Chairman of the Central Military Commission and also the President of the People's Republic of China. Recently, experts have observed growing limitations to the Paramount Leader's de facto control over the government. (via Freebase)