July 2nd, 2011
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Beijing (CNN) – July 1 was the Communist Party's 90th birthday and China's top leaders celebrated in style.  Over 6000 guests and prominent party members gathered at the massive Great Hall of the People for the grandiose affair.  The stage was decorated with red flags and a jumbo version of the party's vintage hammer and sickle for President Hu Jintao's speech marking the milestone event.

At least, that's what was on local TV.  Unfortunately, we weren't able to attend the ceremony because we, and most other international TV media, had our invitations revoked at the eleventh hour.

My team and I had registered for the event several days earlier.  However, one day before the ceremony, the government press center told us we were no longer welcome.  At first, the officer informed us of the restrictions for TV crews, saying we were not allowed to interview the delegates attending the ceremony, to move around, to talk over the phone, to do a stand-up, to bring a tripod or set-up camera equipment in any walk way.

As we were trying to decide how to best cover the ceremony with such heavy controls, the press center called us minutes later, saying we were not allowed to come at all apparently because of limited seating.  We pushed to attend just as observers - but were turned down.

The Communist Party has a lot to celebrate about.  Its decision to embrace economic reforms has lifted millions of people here out of poverty, transforming China's economy into the world's second largest.  The party has 80 million members and enjoys widespread support.

We can only speculate as to why the authorities wouldn't want major international TV media reporting on what is supposed to be a momentous occasion.  Despite the government's impressive economic achievements, it appears insecure, clamping down on any form of criticism or dissent in the wake of the Arab Spring.

The Communist Party deserves well-wishes on its birthday.  I guess I'll just have to return the blender.

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  1. CozyLife

    Good. Let them revoke entry, Who wants to see hundreds of dinosaurs standing and raising their fists for communism. It's over dudes with communism – wake up for 2011. Let chinese do their work criticize their government without commies breathing to their necks.

    July 2, 2011 at 7:09 am |
  2. mnz145

    China is THE BIGGEST COUNTRY in the world. Its communist government is fake, phony and perfect for the circus.

    July 2, 2011 at 7:13 am |
  3. reiner

    CCP "Lfted millions of people here out of poverty"? Wrong, it should be 350 millions.

    Happy birth day, CCP, the best CEO in the world!
    America can shut up with its lousy economy.
    As two time Pulitze winner Nicolas Christof from New York Time said: Even with a free election, CCP would win landslide.

    July 2, 2011 at 7:29 am |
  4. AP

    We have been China bashing for about 4 years now. We are so scared of China. Americans should just bow out gracefully. Whether the world likes it or not, China is coming. America does not have any of the answers. We used to, but our government sold us out to the corporations. Look no further than our families. The US Government is rampant with corruption, and it is not for the people. I would rather go out with honor. Maybe the world should learn something from the Chinese? After all, there are 1,600,000,000 people living in harmony there.

    July 2, 2011 at 8:07 am |
  5. Lewis

    I hope you didn´t put too much effort or money into this because it´s not like you didn´t see it coming. Pretty much everything was televised anyway so it´s not like you missed much. I was in the Dublin PRC embassy early last month and two reporters were going on about how they thought they had filled out all the right paperwork but the requirements were totally switched at the last minute and it would take 6 weeks to blah blah. Ít´s not like you´re going to get this sort of gig just by filling out forms anyway – somebody paid alot for your seats. Next time you want to do something like this you should probably find the right person (who is important and located mainland side) and set up a meeting, maybe at a nice restaurant, also don´t forget that a little bit of decent aged foreign whiskey goes a long way. I´d advise you to get a double entry visa for somthing else first (there´s always some newsworthy business thing going on) then apply your scheme.

    July 2, 2011 at 8:14 am |
  6. james

    We must never forget that the CPC invaded Tibet and Xinjiang. While they have enforced celebrations inside Tibet, they have at the same time banned journalists and all tourists. Some may say that the attitude of the Chinese in power are getting a bit "power drunk" and are now acting like they hold all the cards, when in actuality most of the so called advancements stand on thin ice and heavily dependent on resources sourced from overseas. If China truly wants to advance it first must really respect human rights, not say that they have a so called Chinese way of dealing with human rights, which really means death, detention, torture and mind washing. Second, China must resolve the Tibet issue, we all know the Tibetan autonomous region was invaded by Mao's forces fifty years ago. Tibetans have suffered so much and 1.2 million have been murdered by the Chinese. The Himalayan plateau a natural place of wonder has been mined to death and thousands of nomads have been displaced, just so Han Chinese can live better lives in Beijing. The Chinese also have been relentless in trying to wipe out the culture and language of Tibet, by planning huge migrations of Han into Tibet and replacing the Tibetan language with Mandarin. It is ironic that the CPC are making such a big thing about their achievements in Tibet, when in fact there are more Tibetans locked up in the nine major max prisons and countless detention centers throughout the country. Before the Chinese came to Tibet, there was on prison, and it was basically empty. It could be said that thieves, robbers and murders celebrate their actions but it is a bit much to make your victims have to celebrate their losses and deaths. This is how the Tibetans feel, but the propaganda machine Xinhua will not show this side of the Tibetan society.

    July 2, 2011 at 8:19 am |
  7. Earthling

    Perhaps they may have "Freedom Sleepers". Young party leaders that play the part of a dedicated Communist citizen, but when they get high enough in the government ranks they work from the inside to chip away at the party's hold on the people. Just a thought. :-) lol

    July 2, 2011 at 8:26 am |
  8. dummyemail

    I am not a Chinese or an American so i don't think i have any bias in saying , CNN comes out across as very anti Chinese and well.....most of their articles are very biased. undoubtedly they will put a spin on this story again for not getting invited in another form of how communism is bad.

    July 2, 2011 at 8:28 am |
  9. Tom

    *looks at previous reporting and editorials of CNN towards China*

    *also notices the snarky comment about an insecure China*

    Yea...... I'm not sure why they wouldn't invite you guys, either. :P

    Not trying to argue politics, but trying to point out the obvious.

    July 2, 2011 at 9:41 am |
  10. WonderSpring

    "Happy Birthday"? "Communist Party deserves well-wishes on its birthday"? Is this reporter educated at all? 90 years of blood-shedding. They only got away because the victims were mostly their own people. What a stupid American news article!

    July 2, 2011 at 9:58 am |
  11. WonderSpring

    CNN, why not congraturate every human rights abuser a happy birthday on their anniversaries? Shame on you.

    July 2, 2011 at 10:03 am |
  12. Confucius

    This behavior by Chinese communist government is no surprise. They are really losing credibility, and resorting to obvious lies such as stating that there's "limited seating" and hence you're not invited. That's ridiculous, since international media always gets reservations well advanced in the planning. It's never a last minute decision. Being a 90 year old dictatorship controlling over a billion people they should know that by now. We're witnessing plain old classic censorship by a regime that rules through blinding and coercing people, vindicating the brutal nature of the communist system. There's no confusion about that.

    July 2, 2011 at 11:24 am |
  13. gupsphoo

    Go CNN! It's OK. Don't worry about how China treats you. Keep reporting what we should know.

    July 2, 2011 at 11:49 am |
  14. tim

    Here's the thing, it's not about insecurity.It's their party and they can invite or disinvite whoever they wish to. Simple solution – loop into the local media coverage which I'm sure you already did and get your story from there and stop complaining.

    July 2, 2011 at 11:49 am |
  15. scndnv

    "We can only speculate as to why the authorities wouldn't want major international TV media reporting on what is supposed to be a momentous occasion." Gosh darn, you don't think the obtuse and narrow-minded views expressed in many of CNN's articles about China could have had anything to do with it..?

    July 2, 2011 at 11:57 am |
  16. power4things

    Excuse me, USA and Europe made China into the 2nd largest economy – they couldn't spit in a bucket by themselves. They are purely an economic by-product of globalized business, now they take the credit, recasting "luck" as "skill", as so often happens. And, isn't the hammer-and-sickle Marxist thing kinda out, like hula-hoops and tailfins?

    July 2, 2011 at 12:08 pm |
  17. Sokrtat

    Not even communist want the leftist CNN.

    July 2, 2011 at 12:17 pm |
  18. usapanda

    After living in China for over 10 years, I can tell you that "The Communist Party" is not communist by it's own actions and policies. It's more like a group dictatorship.

    I really can't say it's better or worse than what we have in the U.S. but I did feel safer walking down any street in China at 1am compared to walking down (any) Martin Luther King Boulevard at 1pm. :)

    July 2, 2011 at 1:38 pm |
  19. Johnny Depp

    Great article! but don't bother returning the blender,...it was probably made there anyway.....haha.

    Hopefully china will allow "a little" more openness in the future.

    July 2, 2011 at 2:38 pm |
  20. boticelli

    I'm not going to act like China's communist party economic reforms are enough to buy off the fact that they almost entirely disregard human rights. China can make all the money it wants, but until it embraces human rights and dignity, it will continue to be a failure of a state and illegitimate.

    July 2, 2011 at 4:28 pm |
  21. Anonymous

    Aww, not invited to the party? Well you could have figured since CNN are continously bad mouthing about the communist party everytime for no apparent reason. Now calling them insecure hah! They are the second world economy of modern day, and you think they are uncomfurtable and insecure? Maybe the communist party reads CNN too, and maybe your not invited because they just don't like your guts, hah why? because they CAN!

    July 2, 2011 at 4:48 pm |
  22. Jesus the Savior

    CNN and Americans are unwelcome around the world.

    If CNN and Americans stopped their evil deeds, they would be welcome in the Kingdom of Heaven. But as it is, they're on their way to hell.

    CNN, you have to repent and stop sensationalism, propaganda and brainwashing from your side. Stop being so greedy. Stop being so gay. Stop being evil and white.

    Be good and you will be saved.

    July 2, 2011 at 5:24 pm |
  23. bryan

    Why would i give "well-wishes" to one of the most controlling nanny states in existence?
    Well-wishes for a country that does not allow religious freedom, freedom of speed or expression, a country that executes the most in the world, the country that controls what you see and hear on TV,radio, or internet, a country that "disappears" dissenters

    Yep they deserve my well-wishes. Actually i wish the Chinese people well, hopefully one day they will be able to experience freedom as it should be. Not some illusion of freedom.

    July 2, 2011 at 5:33 pm |
  24. Mark

    Eunice why are you sobering all over the chinese "communist" party (in truth NOT at ALL communist, mealy a military dictatorship). Just call them a bunch of dictatorial idiots which is what they are. All power to the Chinese people to overthrow the dictatorship!

    July 2, 2011 at 6:08 pm |
  25. Sailingwindward

    Good news for the Chinese, bad news for Americans. The US averages about $825 billion a year in TRADE-DEFICIT with the world, because of corporate and foreign lobbyists that own both Washington and Wall Street.

    July 2, 2011 at 7:43 pm |
  26. Shi Chuan

    Was BBC disinvited also? or only CNN was disinvited?

    July 2, 2011 at 7:54 pm |
  27. kinaro

    I am glad they did CNN, you should learn that the world does not revolve around your biased news...

    July 2, 2011 at 10:18 pm |
  28. That'snotTrue:[

    Why does this sound like a rant......?
    &&& I can't believe this article is on CNN considering most are negative about China, especially the one party system.
    So what's with the change?

    July 2, 2011 at 11:06 pm |
  29. Pete4808

    Hehe crying babies

    July 2, 2011 at 11:08 pm |
  30. mediawatch*

    Dear Eunice Yoon,

    thank you for your comments.
    Unfortunately what you are describing is nothing special and no news. What do you think how many fully accredited, professional journalists and networks get rejected by the Obama administration and Democrats for exactly the same alleged reasons?

    July 2, 2011 at 11:49 pm |
  31. Paul

    bitter much?

    July 3, 2011 at 12:23 am |
  32. davidmd

    it sounds like one liar disinvite another lia*, well, to me , the latter is biggest lia* ever in this world

    July 3, 2011 at 12:45 am |
  33. Bilfar

    I wonder if the Chinese people realize just how offensive their governments red flags and hammer & sickle symbols are to all freedom loving peoples of the world?

    July 3, 2011 at 12:47 am |
  34. zoundsman

    My deepest apologies, CNN. It was my rude comments, apparently.I'll carry this guilt for days.

    July 3, 2011 at 12:49 am |
  35. Doug Megenity

    "The Communist Party deserves well-wishes on its birthday. " Wow? Are you kidding me? The Communist Party of China? This being the party responsible for the intentional murder of millions of its own people over the last 90 years? If ever a reporter were to show her true colors it is Eunice Yoon. Way to choose your reporters, CNN.

    July 3, 2011 at 1:18 am |
  36. NewGB

    With CNN's constant stream of anti China articles, both blatant and subtle, why would China want to invite CNN? It would be akin to inviting the school bully to your birthday party.

    July 3, 2011 at 2:45 am |
  37. The Word

    Some people say that China has a lower crime rate than most developed countries including America but how about the quality of life. I would like to address this question and others.

    Crime is lower than in the U.S.A.-Only because the statistics aren’t always accurate. How many women get the shit beat out of them, often on a public street, just because they refuse to do what their husbands tell them, and nobody helps? How many women are raped and trafficked every year because of the sick, twisted cultural preference for a son-and-only-a-son has resulted in virtually all Chinese couples wanting a boy as their only child, and now there are not enough girls in China left to go around; how has the outdated patriarchal chauvanist belief that males are the only people in China with a right to live, a right to be number one how has it permanently scarred Chinese society, how is it that GIRLS must always swallow bitterness?! What good is holding up half the sky if your husband, in private, beats you with the other half or if you are poor sells your “services” to another man in the village, like a peddler sells vegetables? What good is it when you are told from the day you are born to suffer in silence because nobody gives A DAMN ABOUT YOU and only care if you are a good cook, a good fuck, and a slave who must bow down ever lower so that when your husband takes a mistress, you will finally bow so low you will never be able to get up again?!!

    How many bribes does it take before a public figure finally is sated?-By my estimates, it is a black hole of money, and oh, what was that?-IT IS ALL ILLEGAL. A few years ago a party member, some local bureaucrat, got caught with his pants down and several thousand RMB in his back pocket, plus half a dozen fake passports from different nations. It is a well known fact that this happens from time to time, but isn’t it a bit odd that it usually comes during a cycle in which there is some civil unrest directed at Beijing? Isn’t it a bit odd that multiple times, businessmen from multiple countries and four continents have recorded incidents of much higher level officials throwing tantrums when they were not presented with MILLIONS OF RMB in bribes and the Chinese public, conveniently, knows nothing about it? Isn’t it convenient that every single business within China is ultimately owned by a tiny group of men within the CCP…..and there are almost no laws preventing them from skimming off the top??!!

    China and the printing press and other inventions and imperialism: Sorry, Charlie, sounds to me like you have read to much propaganda. You did invent gunpowder, the compass, and paper, but that really isn’t useful when your country stagnated socially, scientifically, and economically sometime around 1580. The world shot right past you because you got complacent and snootily stuck your nose in the air and declared yourself the center of the world. You were still using scrolls when books were being used everywhere else in the world by 1600. While Locke was formulating ideas about government being derived from the people, you still had an emperor who was worshipped as a god. You were so insular that when you first saw a U.S. flag on the back of a ship, you thought the symbols on the blue part were flowers, not STARS. YOU invented gunpowder for hand cannons and fireworks, but you did not take it a step farther and invent new weapons like guns and cannons. You did not learn any new mathematical discoveries and thus learned absolutely nothing about aerodynamics, meterology, medicine, and physics: thus, when the Opium Wars broke out, the Chinese ships, based upon 15th century design, were woefully outmatched by Royal Navy ships of the line, the latter armed to the teeth with cannons and with men armed with bayonets and rifles. When the Boxer Rebellion, Sino-Japanese Wars, and Rape of Nanking came,the whole cycle happened again: Japan had opened up during the Meiji Period and in so doing traded a lot, getting very new ideas on science, technology, and philosophy. The result of this was, by WWII, Japan had enormous fleets of airplanes that were technologically advanced and deadly accurate, warships made of steel, factories, you name it. China, by contrast, didn’t even have areas of the country that had electricity….and in some cases, still doesn’t.

    When the Third Pandemic broke out around 1855, the local population reacted by scrambling for traditional medicines and ancient superstition and as a result of not adopting any new methods because they were too gwai lo the plague stuck around in China for decades afterwards (it wasn’t until 1894 that a Frenchman in Hong Kong discovered the cause of plague….not a native Chinese…a Frenchman.) On top of it all, for many decades continuing well into the 20th century, whenever there was an outbreak of cholera, smallpox, or the like, instead of looking for scientific causes the local population reached for “traditional” superstitions and in so doing, all perished or sometimes made epidemics worse; as per usual the powerful reacted by pretending nothing was wrong and investing minimal time or effort into saving lives (funny how the action in Beijing today is similar with regards to HIV.)

    Over the past hundred fifty years China did not invent the computer, locomotive, refrigerator, ultrasound device, GPS, sonar, atomic bomb, nuclear warhead, internet, sewing machine, lightbulb, combustible engine, assembly line, and so many medicines too numerous to mention. And in its rise it hasn’t invented anything either-but it sure as hell has made a lot of copies, some of them costing people lives due to shoddy workmanship. Gee, I wonder what the future has in store…. Fuck, I may go bust if I get cancer in America, but at least there will be drugs to treat me and there is no danger it will be pumped full of lead instead of its label as mushrooms because of the FDA!!

    Gitmo-Lao gai. That is all I will say. You have had them in place for over 50 years. Gitmo has barely existed for 10 and none of its prisoners are citizens as most were caught in Afghanistan; in fact, there is currently a push for civilian trials. Your only Nobel Prize winner sits inside one right now as we speak and don’t you dare give me the bullshit about “it is all an act to embarass China.” You did that all on your own. 10 years ago, as I recall, in many Chinese bookstores virtually every Nobel Laureate was translated into Chinese. It all changed only when you were forced to confront inconvenient truths about yourself: that the Chinese people cannot bare to hear any kind of criticism about their nature and can only resort to racial epithets in private when discussing the so-called audacity of “foreign devils” to say (HORROR OF HORRORS!) negative things about China. (Sorry, fools, some of us understand Mandarin, Cantonese, etc.) It also reveals government will do anything to silence dissent and call it “maintaining harmony” (all it really means is “maintaining power.”) It will even kill people for it, just like Russia did years ago with gulags. Gitmo is a national embarassment, but that will end someday soon because the idiots who started that mess are due for retirement within the next ten years and a new generation will come into power (incidentally, your cultural obsession with worshipping the old is going to bite you in the ass, very, very hard, as it means anybody over the age of 25 canot hope to inherit power for another 45 years…and because of the one child policy, there will be too few to fill the gaps.) With the Nobel Prize, this isn’t even the first time it has happened: Gao Xingjian, a playwright, had to flee China before he could win his Nobel and currently ALL of his works are banned in China. He is currently in Paris…and got persecuted for saying anything about 198+. Oh, and btw: America also has free public education, stupid, up to the age of eighteen, and more than half of its population goes on to college. Yours does not. You have literally millions of migrant workers who are barely literate who have zero hope of ever attending school beyond a certain point. You have people, usually the poor, taking a shit in the middle of the street and brag about education. You have snakeheads who are trying their hardest to sneak as many people out of Fujian as possible and making millions off it. Meanwhile, party hacks, especially the rich fat Beijing or Shanghai pigs at the top, always seem to manage to get their child the best of everything….including an education abroad for college, not in China, ABROAD. They did a brilliant job of planting as many little larva of the insects that run China in the audience when Obama was there, really, I congratulate you (clap, clap) but the only thing proven that day was China made a fool of itself…AGAIN. Because wealth does not always create freedom.
    Communism-No, dumb dumb, we dislike Communism because after WWII Russia tried to eat Western Europe and pretty much gobbled up Eastern Europe in the process, not to mention Central Asia. Karl Marx’s giant mistake is that he placed too much faith in the committees that run things and did not set up much of a plan of what to do AFTER the revolution was finished. The stories of Poland and others as to what their lives were like under such systems, what is happening right now in North Korea, what happened to Russia under Stalin-THAT is why we don’t like Communism. The only difference is, we can hear those stories and you never will: because there is more than one Great Wall of China. THAT is freedom. So enjoy communism…I am going to go watch whatever movie I want, read whatever book I want, and tell my leaders to go fuck themselves with a red hot poker if the mood so lifts me because I won’t be sent away to a lao gai and I don’t believe they are my betters whom I should give “gifts.”

    July 3, 2011 at 4:05 am |
  38. GeorgeB

    Ha Ha .....Don't be a cry Baby CNN .....would you invite someone to your Big party if he or she always badmouths you, make scathing sly remarks about you, always finds faults in what you say or do and generally is a THORN in your side? .....NOT a chance! ....in my view CNN journalism is badly skewed and you guys need to get back to basics. We don't need more sensational journalism....I'd prefer watching Saturday Night LIVE!

    July 3, 2011 at 4:05 am |
  39. The Word

    The Four Worst Political Movements of The Chinese Communist Party

    Following is a summary of four of the most brutal revolutions and persecutions spanning the 60 years since the Chinese Communist Party seized power.

    Great Leap Forward & Great Famine (1958—1962):
    DEATH TOLL: 40 million

    Millions starved to death during the Great Famine that resulted from the Great Leap Forward. (NTDTV)
    The Great Leap Forward was a campaign by the CCP that required everyone in China to become involved in steel-making, forcing farmers to leave their crops. It was a major economic disaster that led to the Great Famine, a nationwide famine that cost more than 40 million lives, and was explained officially as a “Three-Year Natural Disaster.”

    Mr. Jiang, from Xie County, Shanxi Province, said: “Many small villages were wiped out where the farmers’ whole family starved to death,” he said. “People ate anything. There were deaths in every family. Dead bodies were everywhere. Finally, people started eating humans, including living ones and relatives.”

    When the peasants were so hungry as to snatch cereals from the grain depots, the Communist Party ordered shooting at the crowd to suppress the looting and labeled those killed as “counter-revolutionary elements.”

    Cultural Revolution (1966-1976):
    DEATH TOLL: 7.73 million

    Arbitrary executions were commonplace during the Cultural Revolution. (Boxun.com)
    The Cultural Revolution was the most frenzied leftist period in China. Killing became a competitive way to exhibit one's revolutionary standing, so the slaughter of "class enemies" was extremely cruel and brutal. Mao's aim was to recapture power after the failure of the "Great Leap Forward." It was an unprecedented nationwide exercise of eliminating human nature.

    Zhang Zhixin was an intellectual who was tortured to death by the CCP during the Great Cultural Revolution for criticizing Mao's failure in the Great Leap Forward and being outspoken in telling the truth.
    Prison guards stripped off her clothes many times, handcuffed her hands to her back and threw her into male prison cells to let male prisoners gang rape her until she became insane. The prison feared she would shout slogans to protest when she was being executed, so they sliced open her throat before her execution.

    Tiananmen Square Massacre (1989):
    DEATH TOLL: 3,000-plus

    Students were massacred around Tiananmen Square on June 4, 1989, after pro-democracy protets. (Boxun.com)
    The CCP fired at students in Tiananmen Square on June 4, 1989 in response to the democratic demands following the Cultural Revolution.

    This was the first time that the CCP army killed civilians publicly in order to suppress the people's protest of embezzlement, corruption and collusion between government officials and businessmen, and their demand for the freedoms of press, speech, and assembly.
    During the Tiananmen massacre, in order to instigate hatred between the army and civilians, the CCP even staged scenes of people burning military vehicles and killing soldiers, stage-managing the tragedy of the People's Army massacring its people.

    Persecution of Falun Gong (1999-present):
    DEATH TOLL: Unknown

    Chinese police and CCP agents have killed thousands of Falun Gong practitioners through beatings and torture since 1999. The response has been peaceful protest. (Minghui.org)
    The persecution of Falun Gong, a popular spiritual discipline in China, began in July of 1999 and continues to this day. Jiang Zemin gave three orders to persecute Falun Gong practitioners: "ruin their reputations, bankrupt them financially, destroy them physically."
    Practitioners have been tortured and beaten to death, put into mental hospitals, and raped. Many have been executed while their organs are seized and sold on the black market. Tens of thousands who refused to give their names are suspected to have been killed this way.

    Falun Gong practitioner Gao Rongrong was taken by police and imprisoned in a labor camp. On May 7, 2004, she was tortured with electric batons for seven hours straight. The torture seared the skin off her face, head, and neck, and she sustained severe, disfiguring burns. Her once-radiant face was left scarred with blisters and her hair was matted with pus and blood. She escaped, but was captured and then tortured to death in March 2005, at the age of 37.

    July 3, 2011 at 4:18 am |
  40. British & US Pirates are Democratic & Evil

    British author Alan Shadrake was recently imprisoned in Singapore for criticizing Singapore's Chinese-style authoritarian government, which is led by Lee Kuan Yew. However, Transparency International says that China is the 3rd least corrupt country in the world, way ahead of America and the UK. On the other hand, countries that follow an American-styled democratic system like India (#84) and the Philippines (#139) are even below China.

    China's government is obviously good, and Western "democracy" is evil. China has a unique system. It is the only country in the world with licensed engineers as its President, Premier and Chairman. In evil countries like the US, their politicians are businessmen, lawyers, actors, and other con-artists who are all corrupt to the bones.

    The US murdered 1.7 million Filipinos in the Philippine-American War and 3 million in the Vietnam War. The US & Europeans murdered millions of Native Americans. The US murdered hundreds of thousands in Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya, Pakistan and Yemen. They made prostitutes out of women in their overseas bases. They raped women. They tortured people in Guantanamo and their colonies, including the Philippines. The US also has the highest incarceration rate in the world.

    Their brother, the UK, also did the same evils. They murdered at least 10 million in India. As the Guardian says, "In War of Civilisations: India AD 1857, Amaresh Misra, a writer and historian based in Mumbai, argues that there was an 'untold holocaust' which caused the deaths of almost 10 million people over 10 years beginning in 1857. Britain was then the world's superpower but, says Misra, came perilously close to losing its most prized possession: India" The UK also murdered millions more around the world.

    Indeed, the US and UK are the most EVIL countries in the world..

    July 3, 2011 at 4:42 am |
  41. anonymous

    Aww, not invited to the party? Well you could have figured since CNN are continuously bad mouthing about the communist party every time for no apparent reason. Now calling them insecure hah! They are the second world economy of modern day, and you think they are uncomfortable and insecure? Maybe the communist party reads CNN too, and maybe your not invited because they just don't like your guts, hah why? because YES THEY CAN!

    July 3, 2011 at 7:00 am |
  42. Gearhead

    As a Chinese (none party member and will never be), I am wondering why you CNN reporters wanted to be "well-wishers" to the regime that killed millions of its own people, worse than Hitler and Stalin combined? If you want to be friendly to the Chinese people, first show some respect to them. Being not invited to attend that stupid, meaningless birthday celebration is not a bad thing as most Chinese people shunned away from it anyway.

    July 3, 2011 at 4:48 pm |

    The Communist Party of China (CPC) was founded on July 1, 1921 in Shanghai, China. After 28 years of struggle, the CPC finally won victory of "new-democratic revolution" and founded the People's Republic of China in 1949. The CPC is the ruling party of mainland China (P.R. China).
    The Communist Party of China is founded mainly on ideology and politics. The CPC derives its ideas and policies from the people's concentrated will and then turns that will into State laws and decisions which are passed by the National People's Congress of China through the State's legal procedures. Theoretically, CPC does not take the place of the government in the State's leadership system. The Party conducts its activities within the framework of the Constitution of the People's Republic of China and the law and has no right to transcend the Constitution and the law. All Party members, like all citizens in the country, are equal before the law.
    The Third Plenary Session of the 11th Central Committee of the Communist Party of China, held in December 1978, decided to shift the focus of the Party's work to socialist modernization and set a policy of reform and opening up to the outside world.
    Any Chinese who has reached the age of 18, accepts the Party's Program and Constitution and is willing to join and work actively in one of the Party organizations, carry out the Party's decisions and pay membership dues regularly, may apply for membership of the CPC. Its membership increased from 70 in 1921 to over 66 million in 2002.
    The highest leading body of the Party is the National Congress and the Central Committee elected by it. The National Congress of the Party is held once every five years and convened by the Central Committee.

    July 3, 2011 at 9:25 pm |
  44. songsong

    The Word:
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    The Chinese Communist Party's more than 80m-strong membership makes it the biggest political party in the world. Its tight organisation and ruthlessness help explain why it is also still in power.
    The party oversees and influences many aspects of people's lives – what they learn at school and watch on TV, their jobs and housing, even the number of children they are allowed.

    It is made up largely of government officials, army officers, model workers and farmers.

    It is unrepresentative of China as a whole. Only 22% of members are women, 76% are over 35 years old and 37% have a college degree. It is also obsessive about control, regularly showing itself capable of great brutality in suppressing dissent or any challenge to its authority.
    Tourists look at a statue of Mao Tse Tung in Beijings Military Museum Mao remains an important symbol

    Joining the party brings significant privileges, which explains why membership continues to rise. Members get access to better information, their children get better schooling, and many jobs are only open to members.

    Most significantly in China, where personal relationships are often more important than ability, members get to network with decision-makers influencing their careers, lives or businesses.
    Pyramid structure

    To join, applicants need the backing of existing members and to undergo exhaustive checks and examination by their local party branch. They then face a year's probation, again involving assessments and training.

    The party has a pyramid structure resting on millions of local-level party organisations across the country and reaching all the way up to the highest decision-making bodies in Beijing.

    In theory, the top of the pyramid is the National Party Congress, which is convened once every five years and brings together more than 2,000 delegates from party organisations across the country.

    The congress' main function is to "elect" a central committee of about 200 full members and 150 lower-ranking or "alternate" members", though in fact almost all of these people are approved in advance.

    In turn, the central committee's main job is to elect a new politburo and its smaller standing committee, where real decision-making powers lie.

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