The long, arduous process to joining China’s Communist Party

The long, arduous process to joining China’s Communist Party

  • As the party celebrates its 95th anniversary, we walk you through its membership process, which stretches out more than a year

China’s ruling Communist Party celebrated its 95th anniversary on Friday, amid news that party membership last year grew at its slowest pace since 1989.

Analysts have said the declining growth in membership reflects President Xi Jinping’s achievements in streamlining the party and weeding out unwanted elements.

The number of party members rose by 965,000 to more than 88.7 million last year.

But how exactly does one become a member of the Communist Party? We tell you.

Basic criteria and intent

First and foremost, the applicant has to be a Chinese national at least 18 years of age. He must also be willing to implement the Communist Party’s decisions and pay membership fees on time.

Application letter

An application must be filed to the applicant’s closest party committee or branch, with a letter explaining:

– why he is applying for membership,