(Beijing) A successful president, Xi Jinping, on Thursday hailed China’s “irreversible” uprising, addressing the West in a speech celebrating the 100th anniversary of the Communist Party, once colonized and now a second world power.
He said from the Tiananmen Gate in Beijing, “The times when the Chinese people were trampled underfoot and their suffering and oppression are gone forever,” and from there his distant predecessor Mao Zedong declared the People’s Republic in 1949.
After references to the opium wars, Western colonialism, and the Japanese invasion, Xi Jinping praised the Communist Party of China (CCP) for raising the standard of living and restoring national pride.
“The Chinese people have risen,” he declared, as a crowd of youth and party members gathered in Tiananmen Square to celebrate the lifting of hundreds of millions of people from abject poverty in a few decades.
“The great renaissance of the Chinese nation has entered an irreversible historical process,” he sent a signal to Washington, which inevitably describes Beijing as a political and economic rival.
The CCB, which was divided into foreign concessions in Shanghai by a few intellectuals in July 1921, rules China unhindered, which it seeks to continue to impose on the international arena.
On Thursday morning, 100 artillery shells were fired from Tiananmen Square to mark the centenary. Air Force Acrobatic Patrol flew over Beijing, finding colorful red, yellow and blue sprays.
Helicopters made the number “100” in the Beijing sky, while others carried a party flag – a yellow hammer and sickle – on a red background.
Many Chinese people took pictures of the air show with their smartphones.
“Everything is fine”
“We thank the party for having such a community and for (the country’s) rapid development. We have to thank him,” Li Luhao, a 19-year-old student in Tiananmen Square, told AFP.
“When I was little, there was a power outage every night,” said Mr. Beijing, who lives in Beijing. Wang said. “Food, clothing, education, transportation … everything is better today,” he explains.
The centenary of the party has been the subject of intense campaigning for months. On Monday, a major North Korean-style show about the Chinese Revolution or the control of the Govt-19 was held at the Olympic Stadium in Beijing.
In contrast to the epidemic of Western democracies, the official media blames this victory over the epidemic on the existing dictatorial system.
Some voices are being raised to challenge the regime’s record, which has increased the suppression of discontent under Xi Jinping, who became party leader at the end of 2012 – and therefore the country.
“It is a way of celebrating the fact that China has escaped the fate of the Communist Party of Eastern Europe and the Soviet Union, which collapsed after the Cold War,” said Wu Qiang, a professor of political science at the prestigious Tsinghua University. In Beijing, it was dismissed in 2015 after supporting a demonstration in Hong Kong.
He said China “seeks to link its survival with that of China and the Chinese people, to establish its historical legitimacy for the benefit of future rulers.”
Surprisingly, tens of thousands of deaths from Mao’s dangerous campaigns, from the Great Leap Forward (1958) to the Cultural Revolution (1966) were not addressed at the centenary celebrations.
With distinctive growth over the past 40 years, the CCP can be proud to have outgrown the country. But leaders need to tackle the global recession, climate challenges and aging populations.
Internationally, between COVID-19, Uyghur treatment and threats against Taiwan, China’s image has deteriorated in many Western countries, according to a study released Wednesday by Pew, a U.S. research center.
A year after Beijing enacted a national security law in Hong Kong, the centenary celebrations have also come, which have significantly reduced political opposition in the former British colony.
Last week, Apple Daily, Hong Kong’s main pro-democracy organization, was forced to close after its assets were frozen.
Thursday marks the 24the The year the region was ceded to China – usually the date of anti-Beijing protests.
Hong Kong police have banned all meetings in the name of COVID-19 this year. Local media reported that it was mobilizing 10,000 men to enforce the ban.
“Let the CCP go to hell,” Ken, a Hong Kong man, told AFP. “He destroys everything that is good”.