CCP 100: China’s Communists Celebrate 100 Years

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    President Xi Jinping struck a defiant tone in a speech marking the Communist Party’s 100-year anniversary, calling China’s quest to gain control of Taiwan a “historic mission” and warning the country’s adversaries to avoid standing in the way of his government.

    In a nationwide address from above the portrait of Mao Zedong in Tiananmen Square, Xi hailed the party’s successes, saying China wanted to promote peace in the world and was open to “constructive criticism.” Yet he quickly warned that the country would no longer listen to “sanctimonious preaching” and that “the time when the Chinese nation could be bullied and abused by others was gone forever.”

    The ceremony was one of several choreographed events to mark the party’s founding in 1921 by Mao and a handful of other revolutionaries. Minutes before Xi started speaking, fighter jets streaked through the sky above the square, and Xi reviewed members of the armed forces in dress uniform as they marched past.

    “The Chinese people will never allow any foreign forces to bully, coerce and enslave us,” Xi, wearing a gray Mao-style suit, said to rousing applause before a crowd of some 70,000 party faithful, soldiers and foreign observers. “Whoever attempts to do that, will surely break their heads on the steel Great Wall built with the blood and flesh of 1.4 billion of Chinese people.”

    During his remarks, Xi pledged to speed up modernization of the armed forces, although he said the party intends promote peace and some 100,000 doves were released after he finished speaking. “We have never bullied the people of any other country and we never will,” Xi said.

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