Today, China celebrates the centenary of the Communist Party of China. Tens of thousands of people listened to festive speeches and watched air shows in Beijing’s Tiananmen Square. Including cannon shots and singing International It celebrated how the country has evolved since the party’s founding in 1921.
After a speech from the Chinese Communist Party Youth Movement, President Xi Jinping was seen on the big screens in the plaza. He congratulated members of his party and addressed at length in his speech the great economic power that had become the country in the last century. He believes that in the next 100 years, China should become more prosperous.
“We have put an end to the exploitative feudal system that China has known for thousands of years and replaced it with socialism,” Xi said. The Chinese leader said this socialism has entered a new era since the 18th National Congress, when he was appointed party general secretary.
‘Threats will meet the steel wall’
Referring to his predecessors, the president continued, “The Chinese people are not only good at destroying the old world, but also good at building a new one.” “Only socialism can save China, and only socialism with Chinese features can develop China.” The party and the party leadership are, in his opinion, the greatest force for this form of socialism.
Xi’s speech not only praised his country, but also warned other countries. “We will not accept hypocritical speeches from others who think they have the right to reprimand us,” the president said. Xi said military threats, harassment and repression will face a “steel wall erected by 1.4 billion people.”
Many Western countries regularly condemn China’s “re-education camps” in Xinjiang, where at least one million Uyghurs have been imprisoned for shorter or longer periods of time. In February, a majority in the House of Representatives stated that the Chinese relationship with the Uyghurs should be called genocide. At the recent G7 summit, there was a call, in this case from the United States, to form a joint bloc against China for this reason.
Hong Kong and Taiwan
Beijing’s growing influence over Hong Kong and the suppression of pro-democracy activists are also major concerns in many Western countries. Last June, a controversial national security law was passed ending mass protests against China’s interference in the semi-autonomous city.
In his speech, Xi also spoke of Hong Kong, whose chief executive, Carrie Lam, was also in Beijing. He said both Macau and Hong Kong would “retain a high degree of autonomy”. According to him, legal measures are needed to ensure “national security and stability.”
As for Taiwan, the president also issued a warning: he wants to solve the Taiwan issue and achieve the “complete reunification of the country.” She said any attempt by the island to gain independence would be broken. Comrades on both sides of the Taiwan Strait should come together and move toward unity.”
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