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Xi Jinping warms up to mark 100 years of China’s Communist Party boasting country has beaten Covid

Xi Jinping warms up to celebrate 100 years of China’s Communist Party with behind-closed-doors show boasting that the country has beaten Covid (without mentioning that they gave it to the world in the first place)

  • China is preparing to celebrate 100th anniversary of country’s Communist Party which takes place on July 1
  • Spectacular event featured prominent celebration of country’s Covid response where virus has been quashed
  • Coronavirus first emerged in Chinese city of Wuhan before spreading across the World and killing four million
  • President Xi Jinping reframed pandemic as victory for party organisation and Chinese resilience under watch 

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President Xi Jinping launched preparations for a celebration of 100 years of China’s Communist Party behind closed doors, boasting that the country has beaten Covid while ignoring the fact it was the source of the virus. 

The coronavirus first emerged in the central Chinese city of Wuhan before it spread across the world and has resulted in the deaths of nearly four million people but has now been virtually quashed in China.

The event, held under tight security and not broadcast live on television, comes before the July 1 centenary of the party that has shaped the modern history of China, guiding the country from war-torn to superpower status. 

The extravagant show was replete with tightly choreographed set-pieces of Communist history, big-screen dedications to key leaders from Mao Zedong to Xi, 100 trumpets and a greeting from a group of Chinese astronauts currently in space.

But the spectacle omitted uncomfortable chapters of China’s turbulent recent history including famine, the purges of the Cultural Revolution and the crackdown on student protesters in Tiananmen Square and pro-democracy rebellion in Hong Kong.

The event, held under tight security and not broadcast live on television, comes before the July 1, 2021 centenary of the party that has shaped the modern history of China, guiding the country from war-torn to superpower status

Spectacular event: A large screen showing communist leader Jiang Zemin during the art performance celebrating the 100th anniversary of the Founding of the Communist Party of China which took place in Beijing, China, today ahead of anniversary

Spectacular event: A large screen showing communist leader Jiang Zemin during the art performance celebrating the 100th anniversary of the Founding of the Communist Party of China which took place in Beijing, China, today ahead of anniversary

Performers dressed as first responders in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic take part in a gala show as China boasts about its response to the pandemic and the fact that Covid has been quashed in the country where the virus first emerged

Performers dressed as first responders in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic take part in a gala show as China boasts about its response to the pandemic and the fact that Covid has been quashed in the country where the virus first emerged

Pictured: China's military members perform near a display showing the navy's aircraft carrier in a segment of a gala show

Pictured: China’s military members perform near a display showing the navy’s aircraft carrier in a segment of a gala show

Instead, performers triumphantly punched fists in the air, danced and gave a theatrical retelling of party highlights – from the foundation of the party in a Shanghai house in 1921 to Mao’s Long March.

A special dedication was given to China’s ‘defeat’ of Covid-19, with performers in PPE and soldiers wearing masks.

Xi has carefully reframed the pandemic, which emerged in the central Chinese city of Wuhan, as a victory for party organisation and Chinese resilience under his watch.

The virus has been virtually squashed within China’s tightly-controlled borders, and the economy is on the rebound.

That contrasts with the rolling lockdowns, high death rates and economic ruin that have roiled swathes of the world since the outbreak.

Chinese President Xi Jinping waves as he attends the art performance in Beijing today ahead of the anniversary on July 1

Chinese President Xi Jinping waves as he attends the art performance in Beijing today ahead of the anniversary on July 1

Actors perform to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the founding of the Communist Party of China at Birds Nest

Actors perform to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the founding of the Communist Party of China at Birds Nest

The extravagant show was replete with tightly choreographed set-pieces of Communist history, big-screen dedications to key leaders from Mao Zedong to Xi, 100 trumpets and a greeting from a group of Chinese astronauts currently in space

The extravagant show was replete with tightly choreographed set-pieces of Communist history, big-screen dedications to key leaders from Mao Zedong to Xi, 100 trumpets and a greeting from a group of Chinese astronauts currently in space

People take photographs of fireworks above the Bird's Nest national stadium where an art and performance was being held to mark the upcoming 100th anniversary of the founding of the Communist Party, in Beijing on June 28, 2021

People take photographs of fireworks above the Bird’s Nest national stadium where an art and performance was being held to mark the upcoming 100th anniversary of the founding of the Communist Party, in Beijing on June 28, 2021

The spectacle omitted uncomfortable chapters of China's turbulent recent history including the purges of the Cultural Revolution, the crackdown on student protesters in Tiananmen Square and pro-democracy rebellion in Hong Kong

The spectacle omitted uncomfortable chapters of China’s turbulent recent history including the purges of the Cultural Revolution, the crackdown on student protesters in Tiananmen Square and pro-democracy rebellion in Hong Kong

Fireworks, typically banned in China’s capital city, boomed overhead, as thousands crowded for a view outside the venue — which was constructed for the Beijing Olympics in 2008.

On Tuesday, Xi will award medals to Party faithful and is expected to deliver a speech reinforcing the message that the party he heads represents economic growth and continuity.

Dissenting views are quickly squashed in China by a state apparatus that tightly controls information, particularly over the internet.

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