Stay the course

“Turning our backs or abandoning Marxism means that our Party would lose its soul and direction”

Chinese President Xi Jinping speaks during the opening ceremony of the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) in Beijing,

President Xi Jinping addresses officials last Friday in a speech to mark the Party’s 95th anniversary. Though present-day China is some distance from what Karl Marx might have understood as a Communist country, analysts think Xi was really trying to emphasise the need for discipline. “A political party’s decline often starts with the loss or lack of idealistic faith,” he warned.

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