The CCP Claims New Growth Despite 18Years of Membership Withdrawals

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Propagandists within the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) would have the public believe the Party is growing due to people’s love of communism and that its members are cohesive from top to bottom. But when this curtain of disinformation is pushed aside, you see that Party membership is forced or sought after for personal gain rather than a belief in communist ideology. Members worldwide are leaving because of corruption, infighting, and distrust.

The CCP’s Organization Department recently announced that at the end of 2021, the Party had a grand total of 96.7 million members. Of these, 4.4 million joined in 2021 indicating a net increase of 3.3 million members over the previous year.

While this has the appearance of organic growth, it was not due to the pursuit of communist ideology or love of the Party. Rather, membership was either forced upon people or they joined in hopes of earning perks and privileges that only Party members receive.

In speaking about this with The Epoch Times, Dr. Yang Guiyuan, a current affairs commentator, suggested that the CCP’s Organization Department is under a mandate to recruit a certain number of new Party members each year. The mandate is fulfilled by linking Party membership to the major aspects of a person’s life, that is, government jobs or advancement, among others. As a result, people join the Party not because they want to, per se, but because they feel compelled or forced to do so.

People join for personal gain, said Yang. “The most typical example is the government civil service entrance exam. If you are not a CCP member, there are some positions you can’t apply for; and even if you do get hired, you can’t get promoted in the workplace. Another example is that if you are a veteran from the army and not a member of the Party, none of the state enterprises will hire you.”

During the two-year fight against the COVID pandemic, Yang said the CCP forced many of the front-line health workers to join the Party. When the CCP needs new members, it pulls them in “en masse” or “on the spot” by creating a false narrative and deceiving the uninformed.

Contrary to what the CCP would like the public to believe, loyalty and cohesion do not exist within the Party. The CCP leaders do not trust other members. For example, Party members are routinely expected to demonstrate their loyalty by reading materials written by Xi Jinping. On July 1, the anniversary date of the CCP’s foundation, a newly invented device was introduced to evaluate member loyalty as they do their expected readings.

The new device uses artificial intelligence technology designed by the Institute of Artificial Intelligence at the National Science Center in Hefei, Anhui Province. As Party members are reading, the AI device captures their facial visual phenotypes, EEG (electroencephalographic), and electrodermal activities to carry out synergy and fusion, allowing observers to judge the validity of their “concentration, recognition, and mastery” of the content. News of this intrusive device aroused much public debate online.

Further insight into the true CCP is provided by Zhuge Mingyang, an independent writer. He said, “I am afraid the number of people who really believe in Communism, from the top to the bottom within the CCP, is zero. It’s all driven by personal interests. Even the leader of the CCP protects his Party for the sake of power. Therefore, the number of members in the CCP is not directly related to the vitality of the CCP itself. The rogue nature without a moral bottom line and the harsh internal struggles will make the CCP disintegrate at any time.”

Infighting has become a trademark of the true CCP. Each year many party officials are internally investigated and punished for their corruption and differing allegiances. The CCP’s Central Commission for Discipline Inspection (CCDI) announced on July 1 this year it had investigated 16 million cases of misbehavior over the past 10 years. While most of these cases were resolved within the Party, formal charges were filed against 4.7 million members.

Data supplied by China’s Global Withdrawal Service Center suggest there are many people within the CCP who prefer not to be associated with the Party or have voluntarily withdrawn. As of July 28 this year, the combined number of people who withdrew from the CCP, the Communist Youth League, and the Young Pioneers surpassed 400 million worldwide.

The “Three Retreats Movement,” also known as the “China Retreat CCP Movement,” began in 2004. In November of that year, The Epoch Times published a series of editorials titled “Nine Commentaries on the Communist Party.” These works portrayed the Communist Party as an evil spirit that is against heaven, earth, and human beings. The series criticized Communist Party rule in China referring to its history of political repression, propaganda apparatus, and assaults on traditional culture and value systems.

After the editorials were published, numerous people began declaring their withdrawal from the CCP every day. The publications had contributed to an unprecedented wave of withdrawals from the Party and its affiliated organizations.

In commenting on the CCP withdrawals, Yi Rong, president of the Global Service Center for Quitting the Chinese Communist Party, said such actions are changing the Chinese people and society in general. “It awakened the Chinese people who were brainwashed and poisoned by the Party culture. It cleansed them of their polluted morals and conscience and helped to rebuild traditional morals and values. This is freeing them from the CCP’s mind control, and they are now becoming free people.”

Since 1989, the collapse of communist regimes in the Soviet Union and Eastern Europe has been followed by large-scale withdrawal movements in the affected countries.

In an article released last year by Stanford University’s Hoover Institution, Cai Xia, a former professor for the Party School of the CCP Central Committee, said, “The CCP has the ambition of a hungry dragon but inside it is a paper tiger.”

She said the Party has an unsustainable economic model, and a false ideology, and there is a conflict between the market and the regime. This is widening the gap between the rich and the poor in society. She also suggested corruption at the top, and fierce power struggles within the Party make it possible for the regime to collapse at any time.

Ellen Wan contributed to this article.

Shawn Lin


Shawn Lin is a Chinese expatriate living in New Zealand. He has contributed to The Epoch Times since 2009, with a focus on China-related topics.

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