Unitary state -22 provinces, 5 autonomous regions , 4 municipalities, 2 sars (western interpretation of what china is: difference between unitary and federal are: federation shares power between provinces. Unitary state is where power is concentrated at the central level: on paper, china is a unitary state but there is decentralization, beijing, shanghai are all municipalities, 2 sars hong kong and macau. Administratively, the entire above mentioned are on the same level. The party penetrates the government, the legislative organ and the entire system. The party wields tremendous influence over other institutions through personnel promotions. Many government officials particularly the leading ones in all institutions are party members. (insert powerpoint slide with the chart) Administrative levels: center, provinces, prefecture, county, township. No separation of power between the ccp, legislature, judiciary: at the provincial level, they determine who appoints provincial level leaders, the judiciary and the legislative.