Xi is speaking now.
It begins by congratulating all the members of the party.
“On this special occasion, it is an honor for me to declare on behalf of the party and the people that through the continued efforts of the entire party and the entire nation, we have achieved the first centennial goal of building a moderately prosperous society in all aspects”. he says.
“We have brought a historic resolution to the problem of poverty… in China, ”he says, and they are moving toward the second-centennial goal of becoming a more prosperous society.
We are now listening to the Communist Youth League, giving a speech of praise and pledging to fight for the cause of socialism, as Xi watches. “Rest assured that we are the ones who are going to make our country strong.”
12.55 million CCP members are under the age of 30. The youth “grew up in a period of China’s continued high economic growth, they see their own standard of living and China’s gradual strengthening as inevitable,” Wu Qiang, an independent Beijing-based political analyst, told AFP.
“They have little or no memory of famine or autocracy, they don’t even have memory of freedom.”
Tens of thousands have gathered in Tiananmen Square.
A short time ago, dozens of helicopters and military planes flew in formation through the skies of Beijing, dragging flags and colored smoke over the Plaza, where 56 guns, representing China’s 56 ethnic groups, were fired 100 times to inaugurate the ceremony.
The celebrations have been a highly orchestrated affair, with little advance notice of what was at stake. A week before the date, Chinese flags flourished overnight in Beijing neighborhoods. Tiananmen Square has been closed to the public since last week.
Surveillance and security measures increased, as they do before the politically significant days in China. Reuters reported Police officers knocked on doors to verify household records and occupant numbers, stricter censorship directives at Bytedance and Baidu, and bans on some online merchants shipping flammable products.
Whether or not it related to the centenary, the authorities had been increasing their crackdown on political critics and dissidents for months. Among those arrested were people accused of “defaming” national heroes by questioning official accounts of the border confrontation between the PLA and Indian troops more than a year ago.
Chinese President Xi Jinping is preparing to take the stage in Tiananmen Square to open the Chinese Communist Party’s centennial celebrations, drawing on history to remind patriots at home and rivals abroad of the irresistible China’s rise and yours.
In the summer of 1921, 13 young people deeply disillusioned with China’s post-imperial development met in Shanghai to form a communist party. On July 23, they met at the French concession in Shanghai and held the first “national congress.”
None of them would have thought that in 30 years the organization they had founded would rule the nation, or that in 100 years it would be the largest political party in the world, with almost 92 million members; today it is also an enigma for many. outsiders.
On July 1, when China celebrates its centenary, the political organization that governs almost every aspect of life within the country has the ambition to reshape the postwar world order.
We will cover the ceremony and speeches here, and you can read the background of our China affairs correspondent, Vincent Ni, here.
George is Digismak’s reported cum editor with 13 years of experience in Journalism