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What did we learn from CPC's 100th anniversary?



Jul 07, 2021, 17:51

A gathering marking the centenary of the Communist Party of China (CPC) is held at Tian'anmen Square in Beijing, capital of China, July 1, 2021. /Xinhua

Popular enthusiasm was evident across China for more than a month leading up to President Xi Jinping's speech at a gathering marking the 100th anniversary of the Communist Party of China (CPC). Americans gathered three days later to celebrate the founding of the United States over two centuries ago. To build excitement for the holiday, the White House published on social media that the cost of a cookout had fallen $0.16 in 2021. The announcement predictably failed to garner a rousing applause on social media as Xi Jinping's speech received from the Chinese people.

As the U.S. continues to assume a dangerously aggressive posture towards China, there is a lesson to be learned from the differences in the two celebrations: leadership matters.

The United States is currently experiencing a crisis of leadership. Historic inequalities and the empowerment of corporate shareholders have led to stagnation in all facets of the society. Racism continues to expose Black Americans to disproportionate rates of poverty, police violence, incarceration as well poor outcomes across all social indicators after centuries of enslavement and Jim Crow terror. Native Americans remain dispossessed of their lands and have yet to receive justice for the myriad of disasters caused by settler colonialism. The majority of workers in the United States across all racial groups cannot afford a $400 emergency.

The U.S. political leadership has doubled down on the status quo rather than adapt to the needs of the people. Instead of following through on widely supported policies such as universal healthcare, student debt relief and a living wage, the Biden administration has increased the military budget. Instead of reducing the prison population, the Biden administration has increased weapons transfers from the Pentagon to local police departments.

It should come as no surprise that U.S. presidents struggle to maintain favorability ratings above 45 percent while Congress generally hovers at around half of such support. Change is hard to come by, even when such change is desired by most of the population and is required to preserve human life itself in the case of the COVID-19 pandemic.

China does not have such a problem. The Communist Party of China (CPC) maintains popular support because adaptation is a key pillar of its governance model. Many in the U.S. and the West have been taught that the CPC does not allow criticism, both inside and outside of the organization. This is categorically false.

The CPC started with just about 50 members in 1921. CPC leaders such as Mao Zedong and Zhou Enlai engaged in countless debates as the Party navigated often deadly encounters with warlords and aggressive foreign forces. This led the CPC to adapt from an urban-based organizing model to one focused on the more populous countryside, a change that was crucial in ending China's "century of humiliation" once and for all.

Adaptation continued to be a theme following the CPC-led revolution that founded the People's Republic of China in 1949. Over the course of the last 72 years, the CPC has continuously implemented reforms and acknowledged mistakes in the process of socialist construction. Early successes in socialist development failed to shake off absolute poverty. The CPC responded by introducing reforms to rapidly develop and open the economy. Rapid market-oriented growth produced new challenges such as political corruption and uneven development. The CPC has addressed these challenges by renewing its focus on party discipline and strengthening its leadership over the nation's poverty alleviation campaign.

The achievements gained from the CPC's ability to adapt cannot be understated. China has become a world leader in renewable energy and advanced technology. Extreme poverty has been eliminated and living standards continue to improve for every sector of the society. The CPC has demonstrated the capacity to both successfully preserve human life in the fight against COVID-19 and extend solidarity to countless nations in their own fight against the virus. It is for these reasons and more that the CPC enjoys a growing membership of 95 million and an approval rating well above 90 percent.

Political leadership reflects the legitimacy of a given society's model of development. U.S. officials claim to represent "democracy" even though elections are largely dictated by a wealthy minority. The U.S. model of neoliberal capitalism, characterized by racial antagonism and military aggression, is losing legitimacy with large segments of the population. More than 60 percent of people support a third-party alternative to the two major parties and large numbers of young adults want a more egalitarian society. By contrast, young adults make up one-third of the CPC – a number that continues to grow.

It is clear that the people of China have chosen their preferred leadership. The same cannot be said in the United States.


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No other government in the world has ever achieved as much for its peoples than the CPC for hers on such a large scale and at such a rapid and assured pace. This is an incontestable fact of history.

It reinforces the tipping point that the day is over when a Chinese as one fifth of humanity is easy game for western imperialism which has wrought suppressive havoc on emerging nations in the last two centuries in the guise that western values are the only values worth defending. But the world has seen - only in word, not in deed or results.

Despite so, the CPC has declared it is not challenging the US in any way but is only focused on uplifting the nation and her peoples to reclaim what both illustriously were before the past invasions on her sovereignty and the lives of her peoples' forefathers. 

And it is also precisely because of these facts that the west, especially the US. UK and Australia, are mounting new attacks on the CPC everyday - because they have realized they can discount neither that achievement nor China's non-revisionist global stance.

Therefore, they have resorted to try and tar the CPC by instigating discord through her Tibet, Hong Kong, Xinjiang and Taiwan in a program that has been unrelenting in both narrative and subversions even before Biden, Trump and Obama.

To accelerate that program, they are aggressively spinning lies and innuendos about China that are not substantiated by facts in order to maintain momentum to recruit other nations into their phalanx to contain and blackmail China, even if doing so will also disrupt their own industries, consumer preferences, services earnings and resource growth.

In the next few years, the US will try to decouple Europe and rest of Asia from China. Realizing that the economies of those nations must however existentially depend on China's huge markets as she opens up with more reforms to the world after making preparatory realignment of her own institutional structures, the US will conclude that China's rise cannot be stopped or contained so that at best it can either or both tactically limit the sharing of its technologies and educational programs with her while creating tensions leading to a kinetic outbreak along the Indo-Pacific backbone stretching from the Hormuz to the Arctic Circle and extended by growing fishbone forays into China's south-western belly through Afghanistan and India abetted by Japan and Australia sycophancy.

In the face of such choleric and myopic assaults, what else can China do but to continue working hard and focused to achieve as soon as possible chip and currency autonomy, supply chain technology integration, soft diplomacy and socio-economic closure in another march towards creating a strong and prosperous 21st century nation where her citizens and friends can cooperatively realize a more enlightened, peaceful and productive world for generations to come.

And it is also because the world already knows this that no western mainstream media has highlighted her 100th centenary let alone recognize her achievements which have also been shared with the African nations, the Latin American continent, the East Europeans and the Middle East which will all conclude the west makes for hypocritical sore losers, a trait hardly qualifying them to make any honest virtue signalling on anyone, let alone China.