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    The Chinese Communist Party celebrated the 100th anniversary of its founding with a ceremony in Tiananmen Square. President Xi said the “great rejuvenation” of China is “irreversible.”

    Xi Jinping struck a defiant tone during a major address celebrating the 100th anniversary of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) in Beijing on Thursday. Xi told a massive audience gathered at Tiananmen Square that “the era of China being slaughtered and bullied is gone forever. 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,” the Chinese leader added to roaring applause. He credited the CCP with lifting millions of Chinese out of poverty and said it has built a “moderately prosperous society” during its 100-year reign.

    In regards to China’s security, Xi said during his speech that the China “must accelerate the modernization of national defense and the armed forces.” Under Xi, China has increased the size of its military, and has built outposts on islands in the South China Sea, while claiming most of the waters as Chinese territory. On Taiwan, Xi said he wants to achieve “complete reunification” of the country and “smash” any efforts to grant the island independence from the mainland. Taiwan responded shortly after Xi’s speech, saying that its determination to defend its sovereignty and democracy remained unchanged.

    CCP Chairman Mao Zedong established the People’s Republic of China in 1949 amid a civil war. Xi has become the country’s most powerful leader since Mao, and has added his name to the country’s constitution. Since his 8 years in power, Xi has marshaled major domestic and foreign policy reforms by launching an anti-corruption campaign, silencing dissent domestically, and boosting China’s global influence through the Belt and Road Initiative development strategy. He has also been criticized by Western countries for putting members of the Muslim Uyghur minority into what are called “reeducation camps,” but are considered by human rights groups to be internment camps where grave abuses are taking place. In 2022, the current Politburo Standing Committee is expected to step down and announce new leaders. The question looming over next year’s party congress is whether Xi will revive Mao’s title of party chair, potentially allowing him to remain in power longer.

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