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A Century of Misery for the Chinese Communist Party

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Today marks the 100th anniversary of the founding of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP). The CCP will ensure that the occasion is met with pomp and circumstance in order to maintain a thin veneer of legitimacy. But nobody should forget the long history of the CCP's atrocities and the persistent dark side of its heavy-handed rule.

The evil nature dates back to the party's origins. The CCP rose to power just as it has remained there: through deception. In 1924, it entered an alliance with China's then-reigning Nationalist Party government, whom it quickly betrayed before dragging the nation into a 15-year civil war.

Starting in the 1930s, the CCP conspired with Japanese invaders to take down China's government. It pretended to join the nationalist government in a "United Front" against the Japanese, a feint it then exploited to sell critical intelligence to Tokyo. This is the same CCP that gives incessant lip service to Chinese nationalism today.

The CCP rose to power through indiscriminate acts of violence and cruelty. After the Second World War, the CCP again betrayed the Nationalist government and launched a nationwide campaign of destruction. In 1948, the CCP prevented civilians from leaving the besieged city of Changchun, which resulted in 160,000 starving to death.

The CCP will say or do anything to expand its power. Nothing is off limits, and nothing is sacred. This has been clear from the very beginning, and yet all these years later, the world still struggles to grasp its implications.

Once the CCP successfully took charge, it attacked virtually anyone with ties to the former Nationalist government. At least 5 million civilians met an early grave during the CCP's first tyrannical decade.

As bleak as the first few years were, the worst was yet to come. In 1958, CCP Chairman Mao Zedong initiated the "Great Leap Forward," a harebrained plan to rapidly........

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