Xi Jinping says foreign powers will find their 'heads bashed and bloodied' if they bully China

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Foreign countries that dare to “bully” China will see “their heads bashed bloody against the Great Wall of Steel forged by over 1.4 billion people,” proclaimed leader Xi Jinping in a landmark speech to celebrate the ruling Communist Party’s centenary.

“We will never allow any foreign power to bully, oppress or subjugate us,” said Mr Xi as cheers erupted from the audience. The party’s “glorious journey” over a century means “any attempt to divide the Chinese people from the party is bound to fail.”

Mr Xi, 68, spoke of how “national rejuvenation” had always been the party’s priority and would continue to remain so, using the term at least 25 times in a speech lasting 66 minutes.

Festivities kicked off early Thursday, with helicopters roaring overhead in formation displaying “100,” followed by fighter jets streaming coloured smoke, while a 100-gun salute echoed across Tiananmen Square.

At home, China’s big birthday comes after the country recovered relatively quickly from the coronavirus pandemic, and as membership in the ruling party has swelled to 95 million people.

For Mr Xi – China’s most powerful leader since Mao Zedong after he abolished term limits – the celebration is designed to burnish his credentials at a time when China is facing challenges on the world stage.

Global criticism is growing over China’s human rights abuses in Xinjiang and Hong Kong, and concerns abound about the health of its economy, the world’s second-largest.

Sophia Yan

Thu, July 1, 2021, 11:44 AM

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Xi Jinping said 'any attempt to divide the Chinese people from the party is bound to fail'

Xi Jinping said 'any attempt to divide the Chinese people from the party is bound to fail'

Foreign countries that dare to “bully” China will see “their heads bashed bloody against the Great Wall of Steel forged by over 1.4 billion people,” proclaimed leader Xi Jinping in a landmark speech to celebrate the ruling Communist Party’s centenary.

“We will never allow any foreign power to bully, oppress or subjugate us,” said Mr Xi as cheers erupted from the audience. The party’s “glorious journey” over a century means “any attempt to divide the Chinese people from the party is bound to fail.”

Mr Xi, 68, spoke of how “national rejuvenation” had always been the party’s priority and would continue to remain so, using the term at least 25 times in a speech lasting 66 minutes.

Festivities kicked off early Thursday, with helicopters roaring overhead in formation displaying “100,” followed by fighter jets streaming coloured smoke, while a 100-gun salute echoed across Tiananmen Square.

At home, China’s big birthday comes after the country recovered relatively quickly from the coronavirus pandemic, and as membership in the ruling party has swelled to 95 million people.

For Mr Xi – China’s most powerful leader since Mao Zedong after he abolished term limits – the celebration is designed to burnish his credentials at a time when China is facing challenges on the world stage.

Global criticism is growing over China’s human rights abuses in Xinjiang and Hong Kong, and concerns abound about the health of its economy, the world’s second-largest.

Still, Mr Xi’s remarks were defiant, even foreboding, saying “China’s complete reunification is a historic mission and an unshakable commitment of the Communist Party.”

He extended “sincere greetings to compatriots in Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan special administrative regions,” a departure from how Taiwan is usually referenced, in a translation of his remarks.

Taiwan, an island with its own democratic government, military, currency and foreign policy, has long been regarded by Beijing as a renegade province. Chinese military incursions into Taiwanese airspace and waters have ramped up lately, fuelling worries that Mr Xi will use force to bring the island to heel.

Beijing’s imposition of a national security law on Hong Kong last year after mass demonstrations in 2019 – a public challenge to Mr Xi’s power – has further added to concerns that a heavy-handed approach may be in store for Taiwan.

“No one should underestimate the resolve, the will and ability of the Chinese people to define their national sovereignty and territorial integrity,” he said, flanked by China’s most powerful men.

Carrie Lam, Hong Kong’s chief executive, attended the anniversary celebrations in Beijing – yet another sign of the territory’s diminishing autonomy.

Her attendance marked the first time a chief executive was absent from events in Hong Kong to mark another anniversary – when the territory was returned from British to Beijing rule in 1997.

The message is that the party – with Mr Xi at the helm – will always be the vanguard of China. The Chinese government has also emphasised the country’s stability in contrast to what it portrays as ineffective politicking in Western democracies.

Efforts to stamp out what China deems “historical nihilism” are part of Mr Xi’s push to ensure the party has at least another 100 years to go, and for his legacy as leader will be remembered.

China has been preparing for its centenary for months, with red propaganda banners unfurled and displayed across the country: “Long live the party!” “Always follow the party!” “Warmly celebrate the party’s 100th anniversary.”

Ethnic minorities including Uyghurs were forced to leave Beijing. Around major political events, China spares no expense in ‘stability maintenance’ in order to ensure everything goes off without a hitch.

This week, skyscrapers in Beijing were illuminated in red for the centenary, with dramatic light shows in cities from Shanghai to Guangzhou.

Authorities restricted both airspace and airwaves, banning airborne items such as balloons, kites and drones, as well as blocking radio transmissions and wireless networks.

On many street corners, red umbrellas sprang up to offer shade from summer sun for volunteers with red armbands surveilling neighbourhoods. Cities across the country also had an increased armed security presence.

As Mr Xi’s televised remarks concluded, the audience rose to sing a song: “Without the Communist Party, There Would Be No New China.”

“The Communist Party or one heart saved China,” the masses belted in unison. “It led China toward the light.”

Additional reporting by Wen Xu and Ila Banerji

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