Chinese President Xi Jinping speaks at the unveiling of the new Communist Party Politburo Standing Committee on Oct. 25, 2017 in Beijing, China.
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BEIJING – Chinese President Xi Jinping spoke at a celebration of the 100th anniversary of the ruling Communist Party in China on Thursday.
We will not accept “hypocritical preaching from those who feel they have a right to lecture us,” Xi said, according to an official translation of his comments into Mandarin. He did not name a specific country amid mounting tensions with the US.
Xi said China would never allow a foreign force to intimidate the country, and that anyone who tried would “collide with a great steel wall forged by more than 1.4 billion people”.
Xi officially became president in 2013, and also holds the highest political position of general secretary of the party’s central committee.
On June 5, state media said there were 95.148 million members of the Chinese Communist Party, up from 3.234 million since the end of 2019. More than 12 million, or about 13%, were aged 30 and under.
Joining the party is encouraged from an early age, although the process of joining is highly selective. Many senior positions, even in private companies, often require party membership.
The official story recognizes July 1, 1921 as when the party was founded, although the exact date may have been slightly different. The meeting of delegates, including future leader Mao Zedong, came nearly 30 years before the Chinese Communist Party fought Japan, then the Chinese Nationalist (Kuomintang) party, to become the ruling party of the People’s Republic of China.
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