The Three Represents (三个代表) is former-president Jiang Zemin’s (江泽民) chief contribution to the People’s Republic of China’s (PRC) official ideological framework, and a part of the Chinese Communist Party Constitutino.
The Three Represents refers specifically to the following:
- The Chinese Communist Party always represents the need to develop advanced productive capability (中国共产党要始终代表中国先进生产力的发展要求),
- The Chinese Communist Party always represents the forward direction of China’s advanced culture (中国共产党要始终代表中国先进文化的前进方向),
- The Chinese Communist Party always represents the fundamental interests of the largest body of the people (中国共产党要始终代表中国最广大人民的根本利益).
Jiang unveiled the Three Represents on 25 February 2000 during an inspection tour of Guangdong province, while summarising the history of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) over the preceding eight decades.
The Three Represents is also referred to as the “Important Thought of the Three Represents” (三个代表重要思想).
The theory was incorporated into the Chinese Communist Party Constitution at its 16th National Congress in November 2002.