The 17th National Congress of the CPC has adopted a Constitutional amendment to reflect the Scientific Outlook on Development and other major theoretical advances.
The following are major amendments to the Constitution adopted at previous CPC congresses since 1949.
16th CPC National Congress, November 2002: inclusion of the important thought of "Three Represents", which means the CPC represents the development trend of China's advanced productive forces, the orientation of China's advanced culture and the fundamental interests of the overwhelming majority of the Chinese people;
15th CPC National Congress, September 1997: establishment of Deng Xiaoping's theory as the CPC's guiding ideology alongside Marxism-Leninism and Mao Zedong Thought;
14th CPC National Congress, October 1992: inclusion of Deng Xiaoping's theory of "building socialism with Chinese characteristics" and "one center, two basic points";
13th CPC National Congress, November 1987: just minor revisions;
12th CPC National Congress, September 1982: correction of all "leftist" mistakes, ban of "personality cult" and call for "democratic discussions" on major issues;
11th CPC National Congress, August 1977: establishment of disciplinary inspection committees at CPC Central Committee and other committees above county and regiment level, appointment of people according to abilities stressed;
10th CPC National Congress, August 1973: removal of an article appointing Lin Biao as Mao Zedong's successor;
9th CPC National Congress, April 1969: designation of Lin Biao as a close comrade-in-arms and successor to Mao Zedong;
8th CPC National Congress, September 1956: approval of main task of "four modernizations" in industry, agriculture, transportation and national defense sectors, inclusion of principle on income distribution - each doing his best and getting paid according to contribution.
(China Daily 10/22/2007 page7)