CHINA: COMMUNIST PARTY CELEBRATES 90TH ANNIVERSARY
China's ruling Communist Party has mounted a triumphant display to mark its 90th anniversary, whilst acknowledging that rampant corruption threatens to undermine the party's self-appointed right to rule.
The Telegraph, July 1, 2011
"If corruption does not get solved effectively, the party will lose the people's trust and support," warned Hu Jintao, the party's general secretary and China's president in a 90-minute speech that was televised across the nation.
Addressing hand-picked delegates in the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, Mr Hu's anniversary speech came at the end of weeks of "Red" propaganda aimed at boosting the standing of the party that was founded in Shanghai in 1921.
The party's 80 million members have been urged to sing "Red" songs extolling the virtues of the Communist revolution and stirring up nationalist sentiment in the major economic achievements of China over the last three decades of 'reform and opening up'.
Mr Hu acknowledged in vague terms the mistakes of the Party's past which include the 'Great Starvation' of 1959-62 in which 30m-40m Chinese died, and the political civil war that was the Cultural Revolution of 1966-76.
"In some historical periods, we once made mistakes and even suffered severe setbacks, the root cause of which was that the guiding thought then was divorced from China's reality," he said.
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