Eight Elders

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The Eight Great Eminent Officials (Chinese: 八大元老; pinyin: Bā dà yuánlǎo), abbreviated as the Eight Elders (Chinese: 八老; pinyin: Bā lǎo) were a group of elderly members of the Communist Party of China who held substantial power during the 1980s and 1990s. In the English-speaking world, these men are often sarcastically called The Eight Immortals[1] as an allusion to the Taoist deities commonly known as the Eight Immortals.

The identities of the Eight, who have all since died, are:

Descendants of the Eight Elders who have benefited significantly from nepotism and cronyism constitute a group now known as "the Princelings" or the "Crown Prince Party".

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  1. ^ http://books.google.co.uk/books?id=kk80evDTZIYC&pg=PA113&dq="The+Eight+Immortals"+"communist+party"&hl=en&ei=TTupS6--BtP34gbp_qSXAQ&sa=X&oi=book_result&ct=result&resnum=8&ved=0CFkQ6AEwBw#v=onepage&q=%22The%20Eight%20Immortals%22%20%22communist%20party%22&f=false

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