China’s era “scoundrels gone forever”: Xi Jinping

China's era 'rogue is over forever': Xi Jinping

Xi Jinping delivering a speech on the occasion of the 100th anniversary.

Beijing, China:

President Xi Jinping hailed China’s “irreversible” course from disgraced colony to great power at the Chinese Communist Party’s centenary celebrations on Thursday, reminding his country’s patriots and his country’s adversaries to be deeply rooted in history. In speech – and his own – ascension.

Speaking over the giant portrait of Mao Zedong that dominates Tiananmen Square, from the podium where the famous president proclaimed the People’s Republic of China in 1949, Xi said that “China being bullied is gone forever.” praising the party for raising income and restoring national pride.

Drawing a line from the subjugation of the Opium Wars to the struggle to establish a socialist revolution in China, Xi said the party has brought “national rejuvenation”, freeing millions of people from poverty and “changing the landscape of world development”. Have given.”

Xi, dressed in a Mao-style jacket, said “the great rejuvenation of the Chinese nation has entered an irreversible historical course” and vowed to continue building a “world-class” military to protect national interests.

In the summer of 1921, Mao and a group of Marxist-Leninist thinkers in Shanghai founded the party that has since become one of the most powerful political organizations in the world.

It now counts about 95 million members, over a century of war, famine and turmoil, and has recently risen to superpower status against Western rivals led by the US.

In a ceremony of pomp and patriotism, thousands of singers, backed by a marching band, played provocative choruses including “We Are the Heir of Communism” and “Without the Communist Party there would be no new China”, as masked invitees cheered and Flags waved in packed Tiananmen Square.

A fly-by of helicopters in the handwriting ‘100’ behind a giant hammer and sickle flag, and a 100-gun salute, while young communists unitedly pledge allegiance to the party .

Power, Popularity and Purge

Xi, whose speech linked China’s economic miracle with the party’s longevity, consolidated his eight-year rule through a personality cult, ending term limits and refusing to anoint a successor.

He has crushed rivals and dissent, from Uighur Muslims and online critics to pro-democracy protests on the streets of Hong Kong.

The party has faced new challenges; Using technology to renew its appeal to younger generations – 12.55 million members are now 30 years of age or younger – while eliminating the communist to consumer economy adorned by billionaire entrepreneurs.

On the streets of Beijing, the party was praised by people willing to speak to foreign media.

“We should thank the party and the motherland,” Li Luhao, a 19-year-old student from Beihang University, said while performing at the ceremony.

A man named Wang, 42, said: “When I was a kid, there would be a power outage and a power outage for an hour every night.”

“Now the streets are full of lights. Food, clothing, education, traffic are all better.”

Xi presented a fierce face to foreign rivals led by the US, evoking nationalist sentiment, criticizing his government’s actions in Hong Kong, its treatment of Taiwan and Uighurs.

“The Chinese people will never allow any foreign power to threaten, oppress or enslave us,” Xi said in his speech to applause.

“Whoever wants to do this will face bloodshed in front of a great wall of steel built by more than 1.4 billion Chinese people.”

party time?

In its 100th year, the party has delivered a selective version of history through films, ‘Red’ tourism campaigns and books that dance to the cultural revolution, famine and the mass violence of Tiananmen Square student action.

Instead, it drew attention to China’s rebound from Covid-19, which first emerged in the central city of Wuhan but has been nearly extinguished inside the country.

But there are reminders of the risks to sustainability.

Thursday also marks the 24th anniversary of the handover of former British colony Hong Kong to China, a date once met with mass demonstrations against Beijing.

A year ago, China imposed a tough national security law on the city in response to heavy – often violent – protests.

The measure has indicted more than 64 activists, criminalized anti-China slogans and even shut down an important newspaper because the law once freewheeling the city to Amnesty International ” human rights emergency”.

Police have denied requests for demonstrations in the city, although several pro-democracy groups have vowed to avoid a 10,000-strong police presence on the streets.

“CCP could go to hell,” one Hong Konger who took his name only as Kane told AFP.

“Whatever is worthwhile, they destroy.”

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