01 Jul '11, 6am

China's Communist Party looks set to retain grip on power

China's Communist Party looks set to retain grip on power

BEIJING: In 1921, a group of idealistic intellectuals came together to form the Communist Party of China (CPC) in Shanghai. Ninety years later, the party is in firm control of the world's most populous nation and has 80 million members nationwide. As the party ushers in its 90th anniversary with fanfare and celebration, it is also aware of the need to move ahead with the times. At the swearing-in ceremony, new members promised to uphold the spirit and ideals of those who had founded the party. Chang Wenhui, who is a new party member, said: "As a young person, I'm glad to join the Party as I can make a contribution to my motherland and my people. I'm very proud and honoured." Even though the party prides itself on being able to lift hundreds and millions of people out of poverty and for turning the Chinese economy into the second largest in the world, it also realizes that ...

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