Magazine August 2, 2021, Issue

China’s Populist-Nationalist Empire

Xi Jinping gives a speech in Beijing on July 1, 2021, to mark the hundredth anniversary of the founding of the CCP. (Li Xueren/Xinhua via Getty Images)
Xi Jinping has established himself as a pillar of the state

One person declares to another: “For a hundred years, I’ve loved you with all my heart.” He then pledges: “I’m ready to love you even more for another hundred years.” Anyone who has experienced love knows that this is an exciting yet overused promise.

This was the pledge made on behalf of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) to the people of China by General Secretary Xi Jinping at the centennial celebration of the party’s founding on July 1, 1921.

However, many witnesses to the century-long history of the CCP, especially to the history of its rule since it founded the People’s Republic

This article appears as “Four in One” in the August 2, 2021, print edition of National Review.

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Jianli Yang is the founder and president of Citizen Power Initiatives for China and the author of For Us, the Living: A Journey to Shine the Light on Truth.

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Geopolitics

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