China's Really Celebrating a Century of Murder

China's Really Celebrating a Century of Murder
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The Chinese Communist Party (CCP) celebrated its centenary anniversary on July 1, 2021. In fact, the Party was founded on July 23, 1921, in Shanghai, with the help of the Soviet-controlled Communist International (Comintern). Between 1918 -21, the new Bolshevik regime in Russia was determined to spread communism throughout the world, including in China. To that end, the Bolsheviks sent agents to Chinese cities to find local recruits and spread communist propaganda. Two of those early recruits became the founders of the CCP: Li Dazhao and Chen Duxiu, both leftist intellectuals. 
One scholar, Liu Jianyi, has noted that “the founding of the CCP was, to a large extent, the result of instigation and instruction by Bolshevik agents in China under the guidance of Lenin’s theory and strategy.” Bolshevik agents and agitators worked in Harbin, Fengtian, Beijing, Shanghai, Yantai, Nanjing, Wuhan, Guangzhou, and other cities and regions in China. The Comintern in May 1920 established the East Asian Secretariat in Shanghai, headed by Russian Bolsheviks. According to Liu Jianyi, the Secretariat’s principal mission was to finance and direct the “Chinese revolutionary movement.” Lenin’s agents also made contact with Kuomintang leaders, including Sun Yat-sen, and later Chiang Kai-shek. 
China in the 1920s witnessed a struggle for power among warlords, the Kuomintang, and the CCP, but a separate power struggle occurred within the CCP, and eventually Mao Zedong seized the CCP’s leadership. The CCP inflicted “purges” of “counterrevolutionaries” within the Party that led to struggle sessions and executions. In 1927, Mao issued a “Report on the Peasant Movement in the Hunan” which promoted what the authors of The Black Book of Communism called “rural militarized Communism.” “The military and repressive apparatus [of the CCP] was present from the very beginning,” according to the authors of "The Black Book of Communism." Before Stalin’s Great Terror in the mid-1930s, the CCP carried out its own “terror” that claimed the lives of nearly 200,000 people in Jiangxi between 1927 and 1931. Later, during the Second World War, Mao initiated another Party purge that included struggle sessions, forced confessions, forced labor, assassinations, and executions—Mao called this the “moral purification” of the Party. 
Mao's plans mostly resulted in death
When the CCP seized power in 1949, it established Chinese Gulags (Laogai) — forced labor camps that claimed the lives of millions of political prisoners. There were mass executions in a 1950 campaign to eliminate “counterrevolutionaries.” The CCP used the repressive machinery of the state to maintain its rule and repress or liquidate its perceived enemies. A “land reform” program during the early 1950s resulted in the killing of between one-three million Chinese, according to British historian Paul Johnson. 
In the late 1950s, Mao decided to speed up China’s industrialization in a social engineering campaign known as The Great Leap Forward that produced a famine that killed an estimated 30-40 million Chinese citizens. It was the greatest famine in history, and it was state induced. It was, in the words of the authors of "The Black Book of Communism," “a veritable war against the peasantry.” Then in 1966, Mao launched the Cultural Revolution which wreaked havoc on the Chinese people for nearly a decade, creating millions more victims.
The CCP violently repressed the Tibetan people and religious believers of all faiths, and continues to do so today. Political resistance was snuffed out as at Tiananmen Square in 1989, and current repression of minorities like the Uyghurs has been called genocide. During the “one-child” policy of the CCP, millions of Chinese women suffered forced abortions. Today’s CCP under President Xi Jinping has established a modern totalitarian police surveillance state that assigns citizens “social credits” for their loyalty to the Party. 
CCP biggest political killer in history
The authors of "The Black Book of Communism" estimate that the CCP has been responsible for the deaths of more than 65 million Chinese citizens, and that was as of the year 1997. The CCP therefore ranks as the greatest political killer in history. And today, that regime is seeking to replace the U.S.-led world order with a world order more conducive to its autocratic ways.
And this is the regime that Wall Street, Big Tech corporations, and American professional athletes, and entertainers do business with. This is the regime that international scholars promote engagement with. 
The CCP is celebrating a hundred years of murderous terror, savagery, political repression, and tyranny. Lenin would be proud.


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