The General Secretary of the Communist Party of China (CPC) is the head of the CPC and typically the highest ranking government official in the People's Republic of China (PRC). As the CPC is the CPC is the only true political force in the Middle Kingdom, the General Secretary holds an immense amount of power over both the government and party. The current General Secretary is Xi Jinping, a graduate of Tsinghua University.
Since the late 1980s, the General Secretary has also been the chairman of the Central Military Commission, and thus the Supreme Commander of the People's Liberation Army (PLA). As previously mentioned, the General Secretary typically holds the office of president as well, simultaneously confirming his control over state and party agencies.
In his roll as General Secretary, a leader is tasked with ensuring the control of the party of the civilian populous, government agencies, and the People's Liberation Army. Furthermore, all General Secretaries have sought to centralize power, guide party policy, and advance the interests of the state. As history has shown, this has not always gone as planned.