The Chinese president praises the “ordinary heroes” for the country’s development as the party’s centenary celebrations begin.
Xi Jinping, Chinese President, kicked off the official celebrations marking the centenary of the Chinese Communist Party with a ceremony honoring 29 people for their “outstanding contributions to the party.”
Recipients of the newly created July 1 medal on Tuesday included several soldiers and officials from the troubled provinces of Tibet and Xinjiang, where the United Nations said about one million Uyghurs, mostly Muslims, have been held in camps. detention that China calls vocational training. centers.
Katrina Yu of Al Jazeera, reporting from Beijing, said provincial officials were being honored for “what the Communist Party describes as fighting separatism and promoting loyalty to the party.”
The event at the Beijing People’s Great Palace marks the start of “the official pomp and ceremony” for the CCP’s centenary, Yu said.
Speaking at the medal ceremony, Xi said the July 1 medal recipients were “ordinary heroes who perform their duties and make quiet contributions,” Xinhua News Agency reported. . He also said that the CCP wrote a “magnificent chapter in the history of the development of the Chinese nation and that of the progress of mankind over the past century.”
The CCP was founded in the city of Shanghai in July 1921, at a time when the vast country was torn by war and poverty. The Communist Party finally overthrew the nationalist government of Chiang Kai-shek in 1949 and is one of the few Communist parties to have maintained power in the 21st century.
It had 91.9 million members in 2019, or 6.6% of the Chinese population.
Yu of Al Jazeera said that the CCP is planning a “huge extravaganza” on July 1.
“Much of it is shrouded in secrecy in typical Communist Party style, but we know that during the day there will be some sort of event in Tiananmen Square, where President Xi Jinping is expected to deliver a speech,” a- she declared. mentionned. “And later today there will be a big celebration involving shows, music and fireworks in the so-called Bird’s Nest Olympic Stadium here on the outskirts of town.”
The CCP also organized an art performance, titled “The Great Journey” on Monday night at the Bird’s Nest Stadium, according to Xinhua, illustrating how the Chinese people “under the leadership of the CCP carried out the revolution, construction and reform. over the past 100 years “.
“He praised the fact that under the firm leadership of the CPC Central Committee with Comrade Xi Jinping at its heart since the 18th CPC National Congress, socialism with Chinese characteristics has entered a new era, and China is moving forward. in a new full construction journey. a modern socialist country, ”the news agency said.
Xi and other party leaders joined around 20,000 people who watched the show.