Communist Party politics

Communist Party politics

The turbulent history of the Communist Party plays an integral role in China’s rise as a potential superpower.

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.  
Chinese artist finds himself in nationalistic storm
For Andy Warhol, making provocative art pieces of pop stars and political icons, including Mao Zedong, made him fabulously wealthy. For Shanghai-based Zhang Chenchu, similar works have put him in the middle of a nationalistic storm of criticism and controversy.  Much like the late father of pop art, Zhang has an addiction to painting celebrities – from Chinese billionaires and politicians to writers, movie stars and intellectuals, also including Mao.   But one of Zhang’s latest paintings sparked a storm in China and put him at the center of a debate about national pride. The work, which was released on Monday, features the faces of four Chinese scholars on a red background. A yellow five-po
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
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
Beijing vows to build ‘fully modern army’ by 2027 as key meeting ends on defiant note
A key Communist Party policy meeting concluded on Thursday with a statement that China would not let external pressures sway it from becoming a great power. It also set a new goal to turn the People‘s Liberation Army (PLA) into a modern military force by 2027, by which time, analysts say, China aims to build an army on par with that of the US. The four-day plenum at Beijing’s Jingxi Hotel concluded with a televised ceremony at which the 360-plus attendees did not wear masks – a sign of confidence that the country has tamed Covid-19. The communique issued after the ceremony said China must seize the opportunity presented by the current global upheaval to be in the front row of great powers. 
Beijing to make laws against food waste following Xi’s call
China could be set to introduce legislation against food wastage, following President Xi Jinping’s call this week for the country to change its habits. Xi has issued a directive demanding more regulations and public education to promote frugality. He called China’s food waste problem “shocking and distressing,” and said the country needs to stay vigilant about potential food security crises. Zhang Guilong, an official with the Legislative Affairs Commission, under the National People’s Congress Standing Committee, China’s top legislative body, said the commission would formulate regulations on preventing food waste. “We would strengthen management of all aspects including grain production, p
China’s leaders look to chart a course through choppy waters
Thousands of delegates will gather in Beijing on Friday as the Chinese Communist Party battles to meet the social and economic targets that were decided before the coronavirus pandemic led to the country’s first economic slump in decades. The annual meetings of the legislature and its advisory body, known as the “two sessions,” are mostly rubber-stamp affairs where the government makes public its yearly economic agenda, growth targets and the national budget. The biggest political gathering of the year, held in the Great Hall of the People, has been delayed from its usual date in March for the first time in more than two decades because of the Covid-19 outbreak. It also takes place against t
China's ambassador distances himself from claims that coronavirus came from US
China’s ambassador to the United States has denounced speculation about the origin of the coronavirus after his fellow diplomats openly promoted dubious information about the pandemic. The remarks of the Chinese ambassador, Cui Tiankai, represents an oblique rebuke of a few of his colleagues who spread unfounded claims that the virus might have originated in America. Without naming names, Cui said speculating on the origin of the virus was “harmful” during an interview with Axios on HBO on March 17, published on Sunday.  “Eventually, we must have an answer to where the virus originally came [from],” Cui said. “But this is a job for the scientists to do, not for diplomats, not for journalists
Chinese official claims US army may have brought coronavirus to China
Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian has taken to social media to promote an unproven claim that the coronavirus originated not in the central city of Wuhan, where the first cases were reported, but in America.  With the virus’s spread slowing in China, Beijing has sought to highlight its success in containing the epidemic and depict the US’ response as a failure. The most active tweeter in the Chinese government has suggested that the US military had brought the new coronavirus to the outbreak’s epicenter in China. On Friday, he asked his 310,000 followers to share an allegation from a Canada-based conspiracy website that the coronavirus – which has become a global pandemic – orig
Chinese officials thank the people after ‘gratitude education’ campaign backfires
Communist officials in the epicenter of the coronavirus outbreak have praised local residents as heroes in an attempt to contain a public backlash sparked by the suggestion they should be grateful to the Chinese leadership.  The Communist Party chief of Hubei province, where more than 67,000 people have been infected by the virus since December, made the remarks on Sunday while visiting front-line medical staff in Wuhan.  “Wuhan is a city of heroes, and the Wuhan people are heroes,” said Ying Yong, who was appointed to the post last month in the middle of the coronavirus crisis.  “[Wuhan’s people] … have shown resilience and strong will … I hereby express my sincere gratitude to the people o