A Century of the Founding of the Communist Party of China: The CCP’s History Under the Shadow of “Nihilism”-BBC News

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In the centuries since the founding of the Communist Party of China, from the perspective of official propaganda, high-level party leaders demanded that party members be more vigilant, stating that the biggest threat seems to be neither “US imperialism” nor “Taiwan independence,” but the so-called “historical nihilism.” What is historical nihilism? When did the historical nihilism discussed by the CCP originate? Why does the historical issue become the intractable knot that makes the CCP sincere and fearful? BBC Chinese interviewed experts, consulted historical materials, and sorted out the following.

In late February 2021, the General Secretary of the Communist Party of China Xi Jinping emphasized at the “Party History Study and Education Mobilization Conference” that it is necessary to “clearly oppose historical nihilism” and “clarify the vague and one-sided understanding of some major historical issues in the history of the party.”

More than a month later, the “Illegal and Harmful Information Reporting Center” affiliated to the National Internet Information Office (Central Cyberspace Administration of China) in Beijing opened a special area for reporting “historical nihilism and harmful information” on its official website, APP, and other channels to accept complaints about “distorting party history.” “, “Assault on the leadership of the party,” “defame heroes and martyrs,” and deny reports of “revolutionary culture.”

The Office of the Cyberspace Administration of China also stated on May 8 that in the special action “Clearness and Rectification of Online Historical Nihilism”, it had dealt with “a large number of illegal and illegal accounts that spread harmful information of historical nihilism”, and “supervised and guided various websites and platforms to self-regulate. More than 2 million pieces of illegal and illegal information have been cleared.”

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