Ezio Yao, B.A. Accounting & Military, Iowa State University
Let me tell you the truth, very very very powerful. So to speak, he should be the most powerful individual on the planet.
In China, there is a saying that the Party, the government, the military, the people, the academia, the east, the west, the north, the south, and the south, all fields must be under the leadership of the Communist Party of China.
The Communist Party of China has more than 90 million members, and the grassroots organizations of the Communist Party of China have more than a million. To use a metaphor, the Communist Party is like the blood of the human body; these members and organizations are in all corners of China, and the internal flow is completely unobstructed.
Translation: The latest Party statistics from the Central Organization Department show that as of June 5, 2021, the total number of CPC members is 95,148,000 and the total number of Party grassroots organizations is 4,864,000. After a century of hardships, the CPC has grown from small to large and from weak to strong, from a membership of more than 50 at its founding to a party with more than 95 million members and a long-standing presence in a country of more than 1.4 billion people.
All of the members of the Communist Party of China are the best people in China in all fields. They are in government, in schools, in hospitals, in research institutes, in factories, in farms, in every corner you can imagine.
One difference between the Chinese Communist Party and other political parties is that the Chinese Communist Party attaches great importance to “ideological and political work”, which Westerners call “brainwashing”. All members of the Chinese Communist Party must be educated by the Communist Party on a wide range of topics, including philosophy, politics, economics, and history. The purpose of the CCP is to “serve the people”, and the spirit of the CCP is to “adhere to the truth and ideals, practice the original intention and take up the mission, fear no sacrifice and fight bravely, be loyal to the Party and live up to the people”. Among them, the most important is “loyalty education”, in other words, all Party members must be absolutely loyal to the Communist Party.
The Chinese Communist Party leads the people. There are 1.4 billion people in China, and there are 90 million members of the Communist Party. When these 90 million members join the Communist Party, they all take an oath to the Party flag, which reads, “I volunteer to join the Communist Party of China, support the Party’s program, abide by the Party’s constitution, fulfil my duties as a member, carry out the Party’s decisions, strictly abide by the Party’s discipline, keep the Party’s secrets, be loyal to the Party, work actively, strive for communism for life, be ready to sacrifice everything for the Party and the people, and never rebel against the Party. “
Once China enters into any state of emergency, then these 90 million party members will unconditionally obey all instructions from the Party Central Committee similar to the military. In the COVID-19 period, all dangerous missions were first for Party members. Somewhat similar to the U.S. Marines, “the first to enter the battlefield and the last to leave.” Party members were required to unconditionally obey any mission delivered by the party organization, including giving their lives. In the education of the Communist Party, the ability to give one’s life for the cause of the Party and the people is a supreme honor and a right that only Party members possess. In the early wars of the Communist Party, death squads were basically formed voluntarily by Party members.
Translation: CPC member first to go to the battlefield!
All party members must do “two uphold”, to firmly uphold General Secretary Xi Jinping’s core position in both the CPC Central Committee and the Party as a whole, and respect the CPC Central Committee’s authority and its centralized, unified leadership.
And Xi Jinping is the General Secretary of the Communist Party of China, the President of the country, and the Chairman of the State Military Commission. In other words, the Communist Party, the People’s Republic of China, and the Chinese People’s Liberation Army are all firmly under his leadership. Firmly obey.
It’s a very large, very powerful force. And a power that no other country has. The United States is indeed very powerful, but is the United States resilient, after all, the United States did not experience China on the verge of almost dying, and the Communist Party pulled China back from the verge of dying and took more than half a century to return to its status as a world power. Russia was indeed very strong, but when they abandoned communism would they ever regain the glory of the Soviet era?
Xi Jinping can mobilize all of China’s resources to do anything he wants to. Why China still does not concede defeat after the US-China trade war for so long is because the Communist Party has decided that the trade war must go on, and if it fails or surrenders, China will be reduced to a colony once again. If it won, it would be a new phase. The trade war has taken a lot out of China, but China still insists on fighting it. This is a sign of the resilience of the Communist Party and the Chinese people.
So, he is very very powerful.