China’s President Xi Jinping has warned that foreign forces attempting to bully the nation will “get their heads bashed.”
Xi made this declaration in an hour-long address from Tiananmen Square as China’s Communist Party marked its 100 years anniversary on Thursday.
He hailed a “new world” created by its people.
“The era of China being bullied is gone forever” Xi pronounced from the podium where the famous chairman proclaimed the People’s Republic of China in 1949.
“The people of China are not only good at destroying the old world, they have also created a new world.
“Only socialism can save China.”
Xi and the party are riding high as China recovers briskly from the COVID-19 outbreak and takes a more assertive stance on the global stage amid criticism over alleged human rights abuses and its crackdown in Hong Kong and treatment of ethnic minorities in Xinjiang.
The president said the party has brought about “national rejuvenation” lifting tens of millions from poverty and “altered the landscape of world development.”
Xi, wearing a ‘Mao-style’ jacket, added the “great rejuvenation of the Chinese nation has entered an irreversible historical course” and vowed to continue to build a “world-class” military to defend national interests.
In the summer of 1921 Mao and a clutch of Marxist-Leninist thinkers in Shanghai founded the party which has since morphed into one of the world’s most powerful political organisations.
The celebration took place with military jet fly-pasts in formation spelling ‘100, a 100 cannon salutes and patriotic songs.