National Security Commission of the Chinese Communist Party

The Central National Security Commission (abbreviated CNSC; Chinese: 中央国家安全委员会; pinyin: Zhōngyāng Guójiā'ānquán Wěiyuánhuì) of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) was established at the 3rd Plenary Session of the 18th Central Committee in November 2013,[1] and was considered a "major regrouping of the top CCP power structure."[2]

Central National Security Commission
中央国家安全委员会
Zhōngyāng Guójiā'ānquán Wěiyuánhuì
The emblem of the Chinese Communist Party
Agency overview
FormedNovember 2013
JurisdictionChinese Communist Party
HeadquartersBeijing
Ministers responsible
Parent agencyCentral Committee of the Chinese Communist Party
Child agencies

The CNSC aims to consolidate political leadership of all components of the security apparatus controlled by the Communist Party, including those headed formerly by former Politburo Standing Committee (PSC) member Zhou Yongkang. These components would be combined into a single entity under the direct command of the General Secretary of the Chinese Communist Party. According to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) spokesman Qin Gang, the NSC aims to combat terrorism, separatism, and religious extremism.[3] It will also deal with national security strategy, crisis management, and links with foreign national security agencies.[2]

Analysts regarded the establishment of the NSC one of the most "concrete" and "eye-catching" outcomes of the Plenary Session, the culmination of a more than decade-long internal debate on whether China should have a national security council.[4]