How is China celebrating the 100 year anniversary of the CCP?
China is celebrating the 100th anniversary of the founding of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) today with a number of events taking place around the country.
On the morning of 1 July, a large-scale celebration was held in Beijing’s Tiananmen Square with more than 70,000 people in attendance. As well as military fly-pasts, salutes and patriotic performances, Chinese President Xi Jinping also delivered a speech in which he highlighted the role of the CCP in developing modern-day China.
“Looking back on the path we have travelled and forward to the journey that lies ahead, it is certain that with the firm leadership of the Party and the great unity of the Chinese people of all ethnic groups, we will achieve the goal of building a great modern socialist country in all respects and fulfil the Chinese Dream of national rejuvenation.” Chinese President Xi Jinping
President Xi also reflected on the history and progress of China, and gave a firm warning to foreign powers:
“A century ago, China was in decline and withering away in the eyes of the world. Today, the image it presents to the world is one of a thriving nation that is advancing with unstoppable momentum toward rejuvenation… We will never allow any foreign force to bully, oppress, or subjugate us. Anyone who would attempt to do so will find themselves on a collision course with a great wall of steel forged by over 1.4 billion Chinese people.”
In other celebrations, a performance called “The Great Journey” took place at the Olympic Bird’s Nest stadium in Beijing on Monday. Performers explored the party’s history through dance and song. Celebratory light and drone shows have also taken place in Shanghai and Shenzhen.
In the run-up to the anniversary, there has also been a booming ‘red tourism’ industry as many Chinese people seek to explore the Party and its history via travel.
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