It is essential to understand what makes up the Communist Party of China – a century-old party leading the world’s most populous country. The Party is to China what the nervous system is to a human body.
The Party performs a range of functions that bear a striking resemblance to those of a nervous system. And it is pretty much structured that way.
The Party organizations can be broadly classified into three tiers: the central (or brain), the local (or spinal cord), and the grassroots (a network of nerves and neurons).
The central tier comprises the top decision makers – the CPC National Congress and its Central Committee.
At the provincial, city and county levels, there are congresses that function like the spinal cord in a nervous system.
Under the local Party congresses are the branches at township, village and neighborhood levels. They weave the web of nerves brought to life by neurons – over 95 million CPC members as of June 5.