CCP 100: Xi Warns China Will Not Be ‘Oppressed’ in Anniversary Speech

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The 100th anniversary celebrations on Thursday morning saw military jet fly-pasts, cannon salutes and patriotic songs played.

A carefully vetted crowd were in attendance in Beijing’s Tiananmen Square, many of whom were not wearing masks.

The country has seen a media blitz in recent weeks promoting a party-approved version of China’s history.

Hong Kong is also marking its handover anniversary on the same day.

People in the streets of Beijing take photos and wave at planes flying in formation.

People in the streets of Beijing waving at planes flying in formation to Tiananmen Square

What stood out in Xi’s message?
Mr Xi, who spoke for around an hour, reiterated the role of the party in modern China, saying that it has been central to the country’s growth and that attempts to separate it from the people would fail.

“Only socialism can save China, and only socialism with Chinese characteristics can develop China,” he said, referring to the system under which the party embraced markets to reform the economy.

He added that “we will never allow anyone to bully, oppress or subjugate China”.

“Anyone who dares try to do that will have their heads bashed bloody against the Great Wall of Steel forged by over 1.4 billion Chinese people,” he said.

Students wave Chinese flags before the celebration of the 100th anniversary of the founding of the Communist Party of China at Tiananmen Square in Beijing on July 1, 2021.

China has repeatedly accused the US of trying to curb its growth – and these comments are also seen as a reference to Washington.

On Hong Kong and Macau – which he said both retain a “high degree of autonomy” – they should “accurately implement the principles of ‘one country, two systems'”, which underpinned the deal for Britain and Portugal to return the territories to China.

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Analysis box by Robin Brant, Shanghai correspondent
Xi Jinping, modern China’s most powerful leader since Mao Zedong, wore a light grey suit which appeared to be identical to the one worn by the Communist Party founder in the famous portrait that adorns one side of Tiananmen Square.

Mr Xi praised his people for the “new world” he said they had created.

What he was also saying was that this is a world that could not have come into being without the Party.

At one point military jets flew over the crowd in formation of the number 100; flown by pilots loyal to the Party and the people.

It’s easy to forget when you live here but a key part of the Communist Party strategy has been to try to morph the Party and the machinery of government and the perception of the nation of China into one.

They attribute any success, progress, advancement – and there has been phenomenal economic advancement – to the people and the government but most of all the Party.

Just to make sure the message went out loud and clear, at the end of the ceremony, the crowd sung a song called “Without the Communist Party There Would Be No New China”.

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How did China prepare for this anniversary?
The Chinese Communist Party (CCP), which was founded in 1921, came to power 72 years ago after a long civil war.

In that time the country has undergone massive changes – but some of these milestones were conspicuously missing in the propaganda drive.

How to handle the China Communist Party at 100
On Monday, an art performance titled The Great Journey was staged at the Bird’s Nest stadium in Beijing, where performers put on extravagant set-pieces detailing the history of the party and country.

But significant events such the Cultural Revolution purges, the 1989 Tiananmen Square protests, and the pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong were missing, reported AFP news agency.

Performers dance during a Cultural Performance as part of the celebration of the 100th Anniversary of the Founding of the Communist Party of China, at the Bird’s nest national stadium in Beijing on June 28, 2021

The Great Journey showcased party history highlights, but some chapters were reportedly omitted

Performers dressed as nurses take part in a Cultural Performance as part of the celebration of the 100th Anniversary of the Founding of the Communist Party of China, at the Bird’s nest national stadium in Beijing on June 28, 2021.

A segment of Monday’s show was dedicated to how China beat Covid-19

Since April, Chinese cinemas were ordered to screen propaganda films, known as “red films”, at least twice a week.

A song, called 100%, that praised China’s achievements and featured 100 rappers was also released.

“Red tourism” has also become popular, with travel companies such as Ctrip launching 100 unique routes for “red pilgrims”.

Visitors walk inside of the Memorial of the First National Congress of the Communist Party of China, on June 17, 2021 in Shanghai, China.

Tourists have been thronging “red tourism” sites such as the Memorial of the First National Congress of the Communist Party of China in Shanghai

But not all were pleased with the propaganda.

“Now when I turn on the TV at night, dozens of stations are airing dramas about revolutionary wars,” a Beijing resident told.