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. 

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
Wuhan to test all 11 million residents for Covid-19
The 11 million residents of the central Chinese city of Wuhan are to be tested for Covid-19 after a cluster of new cases of the disease emerged over the weekend. The city – the outbreak’s initial epicenter – gave all of its districts until Tuesday to come up with plans to test all residents within 10 days, with residential estates and densely populated areas expected to receive special attention. The tests will cover not only people classed as residents, but also migrant workers, estimated to number in their millions. The district of Wuchang, which has a population of more than one million, is aiming to conduct the tests between May 13 and May 20, according to a government document obtained
A Chinese tycoon criticized coronavirus response. Now he is missing
Friends of Ren Zhiqiang, the Chinese former property tycoon and outspoken critic of the country’s ruling Communist Party, are concerned about his whereabouts after losing contact with him for several days. The 69-year-old has been out of touch since an article he wrote criticizing the way in which Chinese authorities responded to the coronavirus outbreak was widely circulated online, they said. “I haven’t been able to reach Ren Zhiqiang since Thursday night … it’s been over 72 hours already,” Wang Ying, an entrepreneur and friend, said. Zhang Ming, a history professor at Renmin University in Beijing, said he too had been unable to contact Ren. “A citizen can’t just disappear, we need to know
Xi’s China faces ‘crisis of Chernobyl proportions’
Long before it became synonymous with a viral outbreak, the central Chinese city of Wuhan had been at the heart of some key political events in the country’s modern history. It was where an armed uprising began in 1911 that ended thousands of years of imperial rule. It was where Mao swam across the Yangtze River in 1966, at the age of 72, in a publicity stunt that helped rally support for his Cultural Revolution. This winter, it was the starting point for an outbreak of a new coronavirus – which causes the disease now officially known as Covid-19 – that has rapidly spread across the country and beyond, killing more than 1,380 people and paralyzing cities. The crisis has been referred to as C
China commemorates national hero: its first female tractor driver
Liang Jun, a woman who became an archetype for the ideal socialist worker, died on Tuesday in the northern Chinese city of Harbin. She was 89 years old.  Liang, who had been sick for the past two years, was famous in China because she was featured on the country’s 1 yuan banknote, which pictured her contentedly driving a tractor. The banknote was released in 1962 and stopped circulating in 2000. In 1950, Liang was hailed as “China's first female tractor driver” by People’s Daily, the Communist Party’s mouthpiece. That same year, she became a “national model worker,” which is an honorary title given to those deemed to have contributed significantly to building a socialist society. The title w