SHANGHAI, June 29 (Reuters) – At Mao’s house. Zedong and 12 others met 100 years ago to form the Communist Party of China. President Xi Jinping recently led his political party in vowing to uphold the principles and “Sacrificing everything” for parties and people
An obscure 1921 Shanghai plaza is now a lavish monument. That was the focus as China celebrated its 100th anniversary on Thursday of a feast that controls the world’s most populous country and its second largest economy.
The current First Party meeting venue is mentioned. China’s “humiliation” at the hands of warlords and imperialism, its “awakening” in the early 20th century, and its resurgence after the party’s victory in 1949 in a civil war that spurred Chiang Kai-shek’s nationalism. asylum in taiwan
The celebrations in a neighborhood that has become an upscale district of boutiques and restaurants reflect something broader: a legendary project to expand China’s message at home and abroad, in line with Xi’s calls for the month. This is to tell more positive stories about China.
But even if China celebrates it, it negates it.
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The great chaos of the 20th century was neglected, which historians thought had killed millions: the Great Famine of 1958-1960. The “cultural revolution” since 1966 and the crackdown that killed hundreds or thousands of professionals – pro-democracy activists in Tiananmen Square, 1989.
“There are a lot of stories that (the Party) need to forget,” said Robert Bigers, a party historian at the University of Bristol in the UK. Sure there is an agreed message of history that needs to be celebrated.”
The State Council’s Information Office or the CCP’s Office of Historical and Literary Research did not respond to faxed requests for comment.
This party has long been trying to control its history. Such efforts intensified under the leadership of Xi. which spearheaded the campaign against “historical annihilation”, which means any attempt to use the past to question the leadership role of the party or The “inevitability” of Chinese socialism
The Chinese Academy of Social Sciences has established a specialized historical agency to formally publish historical stories. This year, Beijing has set up a hotline for the public to report historical destruction to authorities.
Glenn Tiffert, a historian at Stanford University’s Hoover Institution, said the campaign reflected the party’s instability. And it is rooted in Xi’s fear of crumbling like his subversive Soviet counterparts in 1991.
“It seems to be obsessed with him from the start,” he said. Soviet Communist Party”
Although Xi tried to emphasize the continuation of the party’s century-long effort to rejuvenate China, The new memorial hall shows that the party has moved far from its roots.
Although the first decade is described as a triumph of Marxist ideas. But there was no mention of the theoretical distortions that allowed the party to abandon stereotypes and launch market reforms that transformed its economy into the world’s second largest and unified country. the most unequal
The party’s list of “facts and figures” published by the Shanghai Daily in November made no mention of ideology. By saying that the mission of the party is “Seek happiness for the Chinese people and restore the Chinese nation”
“It’s not about communism any more. It’s about delivering the goods,” Tiffert said. They want to cover up all their mistakes.”
Yang Suzhen, 89, took a wheelchair to the memorial hall. It’s nice to remember the success of the party. It said the organization she joined seven decades ago had saved her from hard labor and slavery.
communist party “It has helped change a lot in this country. Especially with the rural people, the poor and all the minorities,” she said.
Reporting by David Stanway; Additional reporting by Xihao Jiang; Edited by William Mallard
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