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China’s ruling party reconsideres plans for a century in Beijing – Radio Free Asia

State media reported that the ruling Chinese Communist Party (CCP) on Tuesday announced there would be no military parade in Beijing’s Tiananmen Square to mark the centenary of its founding on the 1st. July.

The state-run Xinhua news agency reported: “There will be no parade during the 100th anniversary of the CCP’s founding this year,” the Xinhua state news agency reported, citing Li Jun, the assistant. Director of the Political Work Bureau of the CCP Central Military Commission (CMC), as stated at a press conference in Beijing.

Instead, Li said the Central Committee made “unified agreements” for military celebrations, including meetings, party history research events and seminars.

Plans will also include an exhibition titled “Going Under the Party Flag” at the Chinese Military Museum, and other exhibits and exhibitions of various parts of the Liberation Army. People (PLA).

Beijing last saw a large-scale parade through Tiananmen Square in 2019, to mark the 70th anniversary of the founding of the People’s Republic of China.

Analysts told RFA that the miniaturized celebrations could reflect changing geopolitical factors, including a deteriorating relationship with Washington, as well as the impact of the coronavirus pandemic.

News columnist in Hebei Yue Jun said that nothing in particular was set to mark this date.

“There weren’t any really exciting big events planned,” said Yue. “The CCP 100th anniversary doesn’t really allow big ticketing events.”

“I think these celebrations will be pretty superficial.”

Commentator Ji Feng said that it is possible that previous plans for a parade have been affected by world events that are changing.

“A lot of countries have been hit by the pandemic, and that harm is due [the CCP], “Ji said.”[Also]Sino-US relations worsened, then relations with the European Union, Canada, Australia and Japan all deteriorated. “

“It doesn’t look good [diplomatically] from any direction, “he said. If they combine it by [having a military parade]Then everyone will see them as despicable ”.

Counterproductive

News columnist Cai Shenkun, meanwhile, said the decision was in line with previous practice in Beijing.

“Military parades are mainly held on the anniversary of the founding of the People’s Republic of China, and at stable times,” Cai told RFA. “If they have one [this year], it will backfire. “

He argued that too much emphasis on the history of the CCP, as opposed to the People’s Republic of China, risked arousing political debates about the role of the former Soviet Union Executive Committee in its establishment. Chinese party.

“There has been too much water under the bridge in the past 100 years, and all the former leaders have been purged in that time,” said Cai.

“So if you were wanting to mark the centennial with a celebrity, who would you choose?” he say.

Deputy Propaganda Minister Wang Xiaohui said that the CCP itself will mark the centennial with a plenary meeting held by the CCP Central Committee in Beijing, where General Secretary Xi Jinping will give a speech important expression.

The Party will award medals of honor to those considered to have made outstanding contributions to the nation.

Wang said during a press conference on Tuesday.

The centennial anniversary announcement comes amid growing concerns about Beijing’s threat to invade Taiwan’s democratic island.

Ready to fight

Earlier this month, Xi Jinping told the country’s military and armed police to be ‘ready to fight’ to protect national sovereignty and security.

The top US military commander in the region has warned that China may prepare to carry out plans to invade Taiwan as early as 2027.

Admiral Philip Davidson, Commander of the US Indo-Pacific Command, told the Senate Armed Services Committee that Beijing could launch an invasion within the next six years.

The People’s Liberation Army (PLA) has sent multiple planes into Taiwan’s ADIZ since the administration of US President Joe Biden took office on January 20.

In 2018, the Pentagon warned that the PLA was gradually preparing for a possible invasion of Taiwan, as the CCP “continued to develop and deploy increasingly advanced military capabilities to coerce Taiwan. Loan, signaling China’s determination and gradually improving the possibility of an invasion. “

Taiwan has never been under the rule of Beijing or part of the People’s Republic of China, but has been locked out of international diplomacy and agencies to the insistence of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP). .

Washington said it would no longer seek to “appease” China about Taiwan, when the State Department announced an end to the ban on diplomatic contact and senior officials with Taiwanese officials on Jan. 9, in the tail of the Trump administration. .

Qiao Long’s Report to RFA’s Mandarin Service. Translated and edited by Luisetta Mudie.



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