100 Million Chinese Cut Ties With the Communist Party
celebrate 100 million withdrawals from the Chinese Communist Party and its
affiliated organizations. (Edward Dai/The Epoch Times)
A milestone has been reached in China, but not the kind the Chinese Communist
Party is celebrating. For the past seven years, a peaceful movement has been
steadily growing—a movement that encourages Chinese people to renounce all
affiliations with the Communist Party. This week, that movement reached the
momentous milestone of 100 million participants.
“Having 100 million
Chinese people withdraw from the Chinese Communist Party is an occasion to
celebrate and a historic milestone in Chinese history,” Yi Rong, chairwoman of
the New York-based Global Service Center for Quitting the Chinese Communist
Party, said at a press conference.
“It means a lot for China’s present
and future, as well as for China’s transition toward a future free from the
terror imposed by the Communist Party,” she said.
Known as Tuidang
in Chinese, the movement for Chinese to withdraw from the Party began in late
2004, following the publication of the Nine Commentaries on the Communist
Party by The Epoch Times.
The Nine Commentaries is an
editorial series which details the CCP’s history, human rights record, and
episodes of terror such as the Cultural Revolution, the Great Leap Forward, the
Tiananmen Square Massacre, and the persecution of the spiritual practice Falun Gong—topics that are
either ignored or misreported under the CCP’s unceasing regime of censorship and
The editorial, which was spread to mainland China via fax,
e-mail, and mail, led to an overwhelming amount of letters to the Chinese edition of The Epoch Times from
readers who wanted to renounce their ties to the CCP and its affiliated
organizations, such as the communist Youth League and the Young
It is estimated that over 700 million Chinese people have been
affiliated with at least one of these three groups.
“These 100 million
include people of all social strata, from the top, such as military personnel
and government officials, all the way to the lower strata, such as villagers and
students, crossing all social classes,” Yi said.
A resident of China’s
northeastern province of Liaoning, Li Yumei renounced affiliations with the
Youth League and Young Pioneers on Aug. 4.
“After reading the Nine Commentaries on the Communist
Party, I seemed to have woken up from an illusion,” Li said in her
statement. “During the six decades of its rule, [the CCP] has always seen the
people as slaves who could be used at any time and in any way. It has used sly
words to lure us in our childhood into joining the Party’s affiliated
organizations such as the Youth League and the Young Pioneers—something I have
the utmost regret for.”
“To cut ties with the evil Party’s lies,
brainwashing, and mental control, and for the name of freedom and democracy, for
the people who want to be able to make their own decisions, I would like to
solemnly renounce from its Youth League and Young Pioneers.”
executive director of the Global Service Center for Quitting the Chinese
Communist Party, said that the statements are part of a “war between good and
The U.S. Senate took a leading step in recognizing the Tuidang
movement by introducing a bipartisan resolution in July in recognition of the
movement. Li said that the resolution represents the
international community’s recognition of Tuidang.
Tuidang movement implicitly supports regime change in China, it does not come
with replacement political prescriptions, and is understood by both its activists and
participants as a spiritual and ethical awakening rather than a political
The movement does not advocate the overthrow of the Chinese
Communist Party, but calls for Chinese to make a psychological separation
between China’s future and the CCP. Chinese who reject the lies and violence
inherent in CCP rule are often willing to help spread the word about the
movement even in the face of danger imposed by the regime.
“I think the
100 million people who have already withdrawn from the CCP will create a
snowball effect,” Yi said. “I think in the near future, China will see a very
big social change that is supported by all the good people in the world.”