As the Chinese Communist Party celebrates its centennial, the official media and foreign propaganda are taking great pains to count who has sent congratulatory messages to the CCP.
The leaders of Western democracies will certainly not send congratulatory messages to Xi Jinping, the leader of the CCP, because in China, the party and the state are one, and in the West, it is called a one-party dictatorship, and it is impossible to send congratulatory messages to a party that does not allow the people to choose and rules the country forever. “But the CCP wants to save face, especially when Xi Jinping is going to give a big speech in Tiananmen Square, it seems to be very unjustified not to have enough foreign congratulatory messages, so there is the “invitation” thing, inviting people to send congratulatory messages.
Foreign countries to congratulate the Communist Party in the name of the country, the celebration of a party? It does not seem entirely right. So, in order to “match”, some countries sent congratulatory messages to the CPC in the name of their political parties, but some of them were very reluctant, explicitly saying that it was to show “courtesy”. For example, Japan’s ruling Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) sent a congratulatory telegram in the name of its chairman, Toshihiro Niiji, but the Sankei Shimbun reported that according to information from LDP cadres, the telegram was sent at the request of the Chinese side and in consideration of diplomatic protocol. The Xinhua report also highlighted that former LDP president Yohei Kono also sent a congratulatory telegram, as did Japan’s largest opposition party, the Constitutional Democratic Party, but Sankei Shimbun reported that Constitutional Democratic Party Chairman Yukio Eba stressed that the Chinese Communist Party’s human rights violations against Hong Kong, Tibet and others were deeply regrettable, and that the 100th anniversary of the Communist Party’s founding was not a situation in which one could raise one’s hands in congratulations. Eba also said that the proximity of Beijing to Japan is a proximity that cannot be avoided, so the International Bureau of the Constitutional Democratic Party sent a polite congratulatory message to the Chinese Communist Party, but the party’s affairs bureau told the truth: it was also sent after receiving a request from the Chinese side.
Taiwan’s ruling party could not count on it, and it would be nice if the opposition party could send a congratulatory message, but the KMT said there was no precedent. Finally, Xinhua News Agency issued this headline: “Lien Chan, Hong Hsiu-chu, Soong Chu-yu and other people from all walks of life in Taiwan congratulate the Chinese Communist Party on its centennial”, it is not known whether there is a “request” from Beijing in it.
The West does not point out that it is Russia that China expects the most, and indeed, the CCTV network seized on the incidental congratulations during the Xi-Pu videoconference meeting and reported that Putin told Xi Jinping, “I congratulate you in my personal name. It doesn’t seem to say that I congratulate you in the name of the Russian state.
The official media uses vague words like “congratulations from a number of dignitaries” to cover up some kind of embarrassment, but if you add up former presidents and prime ministers, leaders of opposition parties and presidents of friendship associations, there is a long list.
The official media has so far listed the following: President of Mongolia and former chairman of the Mongolian People’s Party, Hül Sükh; President Sarkisian of Armenia; President Obiang, chairman of the Democratic Party of Equatorial Guinea; Prime Minister Malapai, leader of the Pangu Party and government of Papua New Guinea; King Wangchuck the Fourth of Bhutan; President of the Future Front of Lebanon and Prime Minister-designate Hariri; Chairman of the People’s Consultative Assembly of Indonesia, Bambang; President of the House of Representatives of the National Assembly of Belarus, Kocha. Kochanova, Chairman of the Republican House of the National Assembly; O’Farrell, Speaker of the House of Representatives of Ireland; Wasim, leader of the Justice Movement Party of Pakistan and leader of the ruling Senate group; Vulin, Chairman of the Socialist Movement Party of Serbia and Minister of the Interior; Sirisena, Chairman of the Sri Lanka Freedom Party and former President; Prachanda, Chairman of the Communist Party of Nepal and former Prime Minister; Papandreou, Chairman of Socialist International and former Prime Minister of Greece. Yachuri, General Secretary of the Communist Party of India (Marxist); Majdalani, General Secretary of the Popular Struggle Front of Palestine; and Amar, President of the Union for a Republic (UPR) of Mauritania.
In addition, congratulatory messages were also sent by King Tupou VI of Tonga, President Dimshina of the Rajya Sabha of Nepal, former Prime Minister Sharaf of Egypt, President Tan Kok Wei of the Democratic Action Party (DAP) of Malaysia, President of the “Fatherland” Socialist Party of Kyrgyzstan, President of the “Fatherland” Socialist Party of Kyrgyzstan, President of the Patriotic Union of Iraqi Kurdistan, Rahul and Bafir, and President of the National Dialogue Party (NDP) of Lebanon. President of the National Dialogue Party Mahzoumi, General Secretary of the Yemeni Reform Group Anis, President of the People’s Public Service Party of Ukraine Kornienko, President of the Communist Party of Denmark Hedin, International Secretary Monteiro, General Secretary of the New British Communist Party Brooks, Representative of the Democratic People’s Party for Reconstruction in China Mabere, President of the Malaysia-China Friendship Association Majid, President of the UK-China Trade Association Gupetin, etc.
Perhaps this list will be extended.