At a press conference in Beijing on Tuesday, Li Jun, assistant director of the Central Military Commission’s Political Work Department, said, “There will be no military parade.” “All [military] personnel will remain in their roles to commemorate the centennial and ensure the country’s and people’s safety.” President Xi Jinping has vowed a “grand celebration” and encouraged the party’s 92 million members to research the party’s past in the run-up to the anniversary.
Every ten years, on October 1, China’s national holiday, Beijing holds lavish military parades. The most recent such event, presided over by Xi, was held in 2019 to commemorate the 70th anniversary of communist China’s founding. Xi had presided over a similar parade four years before, commemorating the 70th anniversary of WWII’s conclusion.
It was China’s first military show outside of its national day, sparking rumours that a parade could be scheduled for the centennial. Other exercises, according to a senior military official, are being prepared instead. He promised that new spaces dedicated to the history of the People’s Liberation Army.
The PLA celebrations’ main theme, he said, will be “consolidating allegiance” to the party and Xi, who leads the Central Military Commission. “The army’s celebrations will centre on… resolutely following Chairman Xi’s command, being accountable to Chairman Xi, and assuring Chairman Xi,” Li said.
Meanwhile, this year, party history will be taught in primary and secondary schools all over the country.
Wang Xiaohui, executive deputy director of the party’s Publicity Department, who was also present at the briefing, said, “We will proactively advocate for the study of party history – through textbooks, schools, and minds.”
He said, “[We] will direct young people to learn the past of the party and the nation, to love the party and the country, and to resolutely listen to and obey the party.” There will also be a “gathering” to commemorate the centennial, at which Xi would deliver a speech, Wang said, without providing any additional information.