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China's Communist Party: adaptation, survival

The Chinese Communist Party celebrates the 90th anniversary of its founding today. Over the last couple of weeks we have seen literally hundreds of photos of the preparations, and I've kept hold of a few that have caught my eye.

As President Hu Jintao said today, the party has adapted and survived. A telling detail in the caption of the final picture illustrates his point: In 21st century Shanghai, where would you hold a re-enactment of the first ever meeting of the Party? At the Mercedes-Benz Arena, of course.

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Workers use electric irons to smooth out a Chinese flag on a table at the Beijing Jingong Red Flag factory on the outskirts of Beijing on June 28. The factory has made more than 30,000 Chinese national flags over the last three months to mark the 90th anniversary of China's Communist Party on July 1.

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Wang Pengkai, an actor playing the part of Chairman Mao Zedong, poses for a portrait during the filming of a television drama on the founding of China's Communist Party in Weihai, Shandong province, on June 13.

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Dancers perform during a gala show to celebrate the 90th anniversary of the founding of the Communist Party in the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on June 28.

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A schoolgirl participant, dressed as a Chinese Red Army soldier, walks through a red curtain during a revolutionary song singing competition to celebrate the 90th anniversary of the founding of the Communist Party, in Chongqing on June 30.

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Performers dressed in Red Army uniforms are seen through a red flag as they wait to perform at a singing event ahead of the 90th anniversary of the founding of the Communist Party, in Chongqing on June 28.

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A Chinese national flag can be seen hanging down a deserted hutong near Beijing's Tiananmen Square on July 1. Many such alleys found in Beijing are lined with both national and communist party flags to mark the 90th anniversary of the Communist Party.

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An actor playing Chairman Mao Zedong, center, recreates the first meeting of the Chinese Communist Party during an event to celebrate the upcoming 90th anniversary of the founding of the party, at the Mercedes-Benz Arena in Shanghai on June 30.

The AP reports from BEIJING:

Chinese President Hu Jintao celebrated the Communist Party on its 90th anniversary Friday for its ability to adapt and survive and said it must use that skill to fight corruption and ease social conflict if it is to stay in power.

The nationally televised speech capped a patriotic campaign of films, TV programs and nostalgic "red" song sing-alongs aimed at solidifying the notion that the communist government has propelled China to greatness. Continue reading.

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