China’s Communist Party

China’s Communist Party

Latest news, analysis and opinion on the Communist Party of China which has ruled the country since 1949 and is currently led by General Secretary Xi Jinping. The party currently has over 90 million m

embers and it began to admit private entrepreneurs into its ranks in 2001. 

How does the Chinese Communist Party operate?
The Communist Party of China has been the dominant political entity running the nation since 1949. During that time, the body also known as the Chinese Communist Party has led the country from a poor, insular existence to a role as a global economic powerhouse. But along the way, the party has kept a tight grip on power and quashed any form of dissent. The Post explains how the Communist Party works and how it runs China.  
Communist party official fired after slapping staff in public
A high-ranking Chinese official has been fired after humiliating a subordinate by slapping him across the face in public. Zhang Zhanwei, the Communist Party chief of Jiyuan city in China’s central Henan province, was sacked on Thursday after the victim’s wife filed a complaint. She said the public shaming caused her husband to have a heart attack, according to the state-owned Xinhua news agency. The complaint letter did not specify why the official had been fired. The incident happened in November but was only filed a week ago, after Shang Xiaojuan, wife of Zhai Weidong, expressed frustration and hurt over Zhang’s lack of concern about her husband’s heart attack and subsequent month-long ho
Famed pianist Liu Shikun has a new daughter. He’s 81 years old 
A famed Chinese pianist has caused jaws to drop across China, and it’s not for anything he did in the concert hall.  On November 7, Liu Shikun and his 45-year-old wife welcomed a newborn daughter and named her Bei Bei, meaning precious baby in Chinese. Liu is now 81 years old, and this fact, along with the large age gap between him and his wife, has sparked a conversation in China about love and relationships.  “She is our best gift received,” said the mother, Sun Ying (or Samantha Suen), in Chinese news reports. Sun is also a performing pianist and added that she hopes the daughter will carry on the musical heritage.  But Liu’s older age had many worried about an added risk of genetic dise
3 takeaways from China’s all-important political meeting
Every autumn, when the leaves are about to turn golden in the capital city of Beijing, China’s top politicians gather to meet and set policy agendas for the nation. They call the meeting the plenum, or plenary session. Held annually, the plenum is a formal closed-door meeting, attended by 200-plus members of the Central Committee, an elite political body that includes the top leaders of the Party. It is the ruling Communist Party’s most important political meeting outside of the Party Congress, which is held every five years.  Think of the plenum as an annual executive board meeting for the Party. The most elite members arrive at the meetings to analyze the country’s past performance and ide
America closes immigration door to 91.9 million communists in China
The United States has released guidance on its immigration laws that will make it almost impossible for members of a communist party or similar to be granted permanent residence or citizenship of America. The announcement, made on Friday by the US Citizen and Immigration Services (USCIS), potentially makes it harder for at least 91.9 million members of the Chinese Communist Party to immigrate to the US. In a sign Washington is dusting off its Cold War-era legislation, the agency said: “In general, unless otherwise exempt, any intending immigrant who is a member or affiliate of the Communist Party or any other totalitarian party … domestic or foreign, is inadmissible to the United States.” T
China’s leader seeks to rally private business to the Communist Party’s cause
President Xi Jinping has told China’s private entrepreneurs they are a key part of the nation’s “socialist market economy” as the Communist Party seeks to rally the private sector amid the ongoing tensions with the United States.  Xi’s message was delivered on Wednesday, a day after the party released a policy that ordered the private sector to help meet the nation’s strategic goals as it faces an increasingly hostile external environment. “It is critically important to promote the healthy development of the non-public economy and the healthy growth of people in the non-public sector,” Xi said, according to the official news agency Xinhua. The president urged the United Front Work Departmen
Hong Kong security law: fleeing activists evoke sea escapes of the past
The recent capture at sea of 17 young Hong Kong activists as they attempted to escape to Taiwan was an all-too-familiar tale for older Hongkongers who risked life and limb in perilous journeys into or out of the city by water, but for three men, the story was deeply personal. Memories of their own brushes with danger came flooding back for Cai Chongguo, Lew Mon-hung and Tsang Kin-shing when news emerged on Wednesday that the mainland Chinese coastguard had arrested 12 local activists allegedly en route to Taiwan. Wednesday’s arrests came just days before Taiwanese media reported that five other Hong Kong activists had been intercepted by marine authorities from the self-ruled island late las
The disadvantages women in China face from birth to boardroom
From a biased sex ratio at birth to low representation of women in leadership positions, women in China are still at a great disadvantage in many areas, according to a new report by the Chinese government. While most of the unpaid work is done by women, men still dominate important positions in the political system, top academies and judicial systems, according to the report, “Women and Men in China, Facts and Figures 2019”. The progress of women in China had “reached a brand new level,” but remained “arduous” because of factors relating to economic growth, and historical and cultural reasons, said the report, published on the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) website. It is the sixth r
The world’s second-biggest party
Every Tuesday and Thursday, Inkstone Index features one important number about China to give you insight into the rising power. 91.9 million: How many people that were members of the Chinese Communist Party at the end of 2019. The ruling party of China, also known as CCP, has continued to grow 99 years after its founding in 1921, adding 1.3 million people to its ranks last year. Only India’s 180-million-strong Bharatiya Janata Party, Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s party, has more members. Today, about one in 15 people in China are CCP members, and they come from all walks of life. They can be factory workers, farmers, entrepreneurs and elite politicians. Notable party members include Jack Ma
Hong Kong’s Tiananmen vigil goes ahead, with a new generation galvanized
Hong Kong’s annual Tiananmen Square vigil gained fresh urgency as people defied a ban to gather on Thursday to remember the 1989 crackdown. In recent years, the organizer of the annual vigil had faced questions about its relevance from young people who dismissed it as naive and idealistic for caring about democratic change over the border in mainland China. But this time, Hong Kong activists put aside such differences in the face of a looming threat: a national security law to be imposed on their city by China’s central government, which could come into effect within weeks. Many feared the law – which Beijing says will “prevent, stop and punish” secession, subversion, terrorism and foreign i