The Chinese Communist Party (CCP), since it usurped power in China in 1949, has sought to impose the idea that the Party is a supreme being that prevails over any individual, organization, religion, or spiritual belief.
To support this idea, it has spread lies of all kinds, censored dissidents, modified history at will, and persecuted beliefs and organizations that do not agree with its authoritarian and atheistic ideals.
At the same time, the CCP has tried to demonstrate its power and justify the absence of rights and democracy, boasting about the large number of members adhering to the Party, which is, according to its own statistics, growing exponentially since its inception.
Currently the CCP celebrates for having almost 100 million members, as declared by the Party at the end of June 2022, marking a supposed increase of 3.7% over the previous year.
But how real are these figures? There is no way of knowing because the Chinese authorities do not present official records and documents that attest to the data provided. The logic is the same as it has been for more than 70 years: “if the Party says so, it is enough, and whoever dares to defy it must face the consequences.”
CCP celebrates increase in membership: Dissidents wary of figures
The Chinese regime’s state propaganda media spared no effort or resources over the past few days in spreading the word that “The number of Communist Party of China (CCP) members exceeded 96.71 million by the end of 2021,” according to reports from the Organization Department of the CCP Central Committee.
“The steady increase in membership has demonstrated the strong vitality of the Party and the prosperity of the Party’s cause,” said a statement from the regime.
However, organizations denouncing CCP atrocities and some independent media working outside China or underground have cast doubt on the controversial figures enthusiastically disseminated by the regime and the pro-communist pro-power media.
In addition to questioning the official figures reported, the dissidents relativize the importance of the number of party members given that the CCP has been carrying out a profound “brainwashing” of the Chinese since its beginnings, starting in elementary school, in an attempt to impose a sense of honor and respect for communist culture.
What is intended to be clear with this accusation is that many of those who actually decide to join the Party do not do so out of a natural conviction about the Party’s ideas, but out of indoctrination, fear and ignorance of other realities. Which would not be a genuine adhesion but rather something forced.
Both at school and at university there are several political organizations associated with the CCP, such as the Young Pioneers, which promote communist ideals among children and young people, encouraging them to join the various organizations, which promise benefits and status to their members.
Becoming a Party official guarantees economic well-being not usually enjoyed by the rest of the population. In addition, it is a condition to be a Party member and to have demonstrated deep loyalty. This functions as another means of exerting pressure on the people.
Gong Yujian, a Chinese dissident currently residing in Taiwan, gave his testimony to the independent media Secret China. He was giving the example of his own father, who, because he was not a Party member, his pension after death was 10 times less than that of his peers.
He also noted, “The CCP government system, the political and legal system, the party-government system or the military system in key departments—if you are not a party member—you cannot become an official and there is no possibility of promotion.”
Fear and the desire to better themselves drive them to join the CCP, the Party, and its organizations. But on the other hand, the rejection of its policies and ideals is steadily increasing, driving a considerable portion of the population away from the Party.
Massive resignations from the CCP
In 2004 a book was published that would change the contemporary history of China. A complete and accurate investigation of the CCP was published in China under the name “9 Commentaries on the Communist Party.”
Copies quickly began to be distributed throughout the country. The sudden success led to the book being translated into more than 30 languages and reprinted in much of the world.
At the same time, the book generated a massive wave of resignations from the CCP and its affiliated organizations, giving rise to the peaceful movement known as “Tuidang” (“Resignation from the Party”).
Over the past 15 years, millions of Chinese have become aware of the lies, atrocities and massacres of the Communist regime. As a result, almost 400 million resignations from the CCP, the Young Communist Pioneers and the Communist Youth League have been recorded.
With the Tuidang movement, often using real names and sometimes pseudonyms, millions of Chinese are declaring that they do not want to be complicit in the CCP’s tyranny and massacres. It is worth noting that the 9 Commentaries investigation exposes that from 1949 to 2004 the CCP caused 60 to 80 million unnatural deaths.
The website Minghui published a moving compilation of some of the most shocking stories recounting how ordinary citizens, and even government officials and members of the regime’s security establishment decided to resign from the Party and its organizations.
“If we are not moved by the suffering of the people, if we do not wake up and fight against evil, if we have strayed so far from justice, what is the meaning of our lives? I declare that I have withdrawn from the Chinese Communist Party and its affiliated organizations, turn away from evil and hope for a new and better life,” said a man named Chi Wupeng on Jan. 10, 2019.
Many of those resigning are police who, by following instructions and indulging in CCP perversity, have persecuted, tortured and even killed political dissidents, Christians, Uyghurs and practitioners of the Falun Gong spiritual discipline.
As of the publication of this article, 398,434,766 resignations from the CCP and its affiliated associations have been recorded.
At its core, Tuidang states that it goes beyond political activism: “It is the process by which Chinese people cleanse their conscience of years of Party culture indoctrinated through revolutionary campaigns, propaganda, media censorship, imprisonment and mass killings over the past 65 years,” states the movement’s official website.
Due to the distrust the Chinese communist regime has generated when publishing information and statistical data, it is impossible to know the precise number of affiliates it has.
What is certain is that a large part of its members did not decide to belong out of commitment and genuine conviction but was motivated by economic interests, power or simply to go with the flow after long years of indoctrination.
It explains why the emergence of a movement seeking to raise awareness of the truth has achieved in such a short time, and without resources, a climate in which millions of citizens choose to renounce the Party and its organizations.