Although the Chinese Communist Party hasn’t been in charge of the country for a century, it has been in existence for that time. As it celebrates its centenary in 2021, China’s leadership has plenty of statistics that promote its benefits.
In June, Xi Jinping delivered a speech that said China would not have achieved its current power and prosperity without struggles against domestic exploitation and foreign aggression.
Although the government likes to whitewash history, especially Mao’s cultural revolution, the staging does try to focus on a future image that seems secure and confident.
No Military Parades Were Part of the Celebration
Whether it was to conserve resources or avoid another 1989 Tiananmen Square incident, no military parades were held to commemorate 100 years of party existence.
Instead of a show of force, China used a military flyover while offering a 100-gun salute.
The celebration organizers carefully picked who would get to sit to listen to Xi’s speech. It was primarily workers, students, and party members, all considered loyalists to the cause.
The Chinese Communist Party has been the sole governing ruler of the government since 1949.
Several celebrations coincided with the event, including one in Hong Kong commemorating the 24th anniversary of Great Britain handing over the colony back to China. A police officer was stabbed in a suicide attack, with officials warning people that laying flowers where the suspect died could result in a terrorism charge.
The ceremony ended with a couple of performances. Nine commemorative coins from the People’s Bank of China were produced to remember the day.