|The Chinese Communist Party is Dominated by Young People|
China's ruling Communist Party is growing bigger and better, with its membership reaching a record 96.71 million at the end of last year, according to official statistics. The organizational department of the Central Committee of the Communus Party said that on Thursday (30/6) the night before the party's anniversary, there was an increase in the number of members by 3.7 percent from year to year. The Communist Party has been trying to control the growth of its members since Xi Jinping came to power in 2012.
Monitoring of recruiting new members is tight. But last year, when the party held its 100th anniversary, the number of new recruits rose 80 percent to 4.38 million. "The 100th anniversary of the founding of the party was solemnly celebrated last year and its youthful vigor was fully demonstrated, which attracted a large number of enthusiasts from various industries and fields applying to join the party," explained the party's organizational department, quoted by the South China Morning Post, Friday. (1/7). Since the 1980s, the Communist Party has encouraged younger and educated members. Currently, more than 52.46 million or 53.2 percent of party members hold college degrees, 1.3 percentage points higher than last year and 13.2 percentage points higher than 2012.
By 2021, more than 35 percent of party members are under the age of 40, and students make up 3.16 percent of the total membership. The number of party members aged 61 years or older did increase, but overall party membership decreased. In 2021, about 28.1 percent of party members are at least 61 years old compared to 28.9 percent in 2019. "Since 2012, the party has focused on national rejuvenation and succession of party members and has actively promoted recruitment among youths," said communist party official from the organization's department, Qi Jiabin on Thursday.
“Every year, about 4 million new members apply to join the party, and more than 80 percent of the party's new members each year are aged 35 and under.”
Recent statistics show the percentage of workers and peasants – the initial core membership of the party – continues to shrink with 33.6 percent of members coming from these sectors. In recent years, it accounts for about a third of the total number of members and organizational departments say these sectors still account for a large proportion of party membership. Gender inequality in Chinese politics is also reflected in communist party membership. China's women account for 49 percent of the 1.4 billion population, but less than a third of women are registered party memberships. However, the number of female party members rose from 27.45 million in mid-2021 to 28.43 million at the end of 2021.
Party members from ethnic minority groups continued to grow, rising to 150,000 in six months although the percentage remained at 7.5 percent. This growth coincides with the enforcement of President Xi Jinping's vision to “forge a sense of togetherness in the Chinese nation”, which calls for the integration of ethnic minority groups to put the interests of the Chinese nation first.