China today celebrates the centenary of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP). Tiananmen Square in Beijing, tens of thousands of people listened to festive speeches and watched air shows. Among other things, cannon shots and the singing of The Internationale celebrated how the country has developed since the party was founded in 1921.
After a speech by the CCPs youth movement, President Xi Jinping was seen on the big screens in the square. He congratulated his partymen and, in his speech, thought extensively on the economic superpower that the country has become in the last century. In the next hundred years, China has to become even more prosperous, he thinks.
“We put an end to the exploiting system of feudalism China has known for thousands of years and we replaced it with socialism,” says Xi. The Chinese leader said that since the eighteenth national congress, on which he was appointed Secretary-General of the Party, this socialism has entered a new era.
“Threats Will Bounce On Steel Wall”
“The Chinese people are not only good at destroying an old world, but also good at building a new one,” the president continued, referring to its predecessors. “Only socialism can save China, and only socialism with Chinese traits can develop China further.” The party and the party leadership are the greatest power of this form of socialism.
In Xis speech not only sounded praise for his country, but also a warning for other countries. “We will not accept hypocrisy sermons from others who think they have the right to rightly point us,” said the President. Military threats, harassment and oppression will come across “a steel wall forged by 1.4 billion people”, according to Xi.
The Tiananmen Square party contained both expressions of joy and powerful signals to potential opponents of China:
Many Western countries regularly condemn the Chinese “re-educating camps” in Xinjiang, in which at least one million Uyghur are imprisoned for shorter or longer periods of time. A majority in the House of Representatives stated in February that Chinese dealings with the Uyghu should be called genocide. At the last G7 summit, the call, in this case from the US, sounded to form a joint bloc against China.
Hong Kong and Taiwan
The growing influence of Beijing on Hong Kong and the repression of pro-democratic activists are also of great concern in many Western countries. Last June, a controversial national security law was introduced that put an end to the massive protests against Chinas interference in the semi-autonomous city.
In his speech, Xi also talked about Hong Kong, of which the highest driver, Carrie Lam, was in Beijing. Both Macau and Hong Kong, according to him, will “keep a high degree of autonomy”. He believes that this requires legal measures that ensure “national security and stability”.
For Taiwan, the President also had a warning: he wants to resolve the Taiwan issue and achieve full “reunification of the country”. Every attempt of the island to be independent will be broken, it sounded. “Countrymen on both sides of the Strait of Taiwan must come together and move towards unity.”