The party’s centenary is symbolically significant Xi Jinping, the leader of China, who is almost certain to take over the party leadership for a third five-year term next year.
He stressed in a speech that China would not have achieved its prosperity and strength at the present time without the Party’s struggle against foreign oppression and domestic exploitation.
The festivities didn’t really mention the Chinese setbacks over the past decades from Communist Party rule – such as Mao’s Cultural Revolution and the deadly crackdown on protests in Tiananmen Square in 1989.
Instead, today’s rally focused on conveying an image of China as confident and secure as much of the world struggles to shake off the pandemic.
There was no military parade, unlike the massive show of force he witnessed 70th Anniversary in the People’s Republic of China in 2019. But it was marked by a military aircraft in Tiananmen at the opening, along with a 100-shot salute.
Organizers gathered a hand-picked crowd in Tiananmen Square – party members, workers, students, and others – to listen to Mr. Xi’s speech.