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China's Communist party has over 80 million members

June 24, 2011 - Beijing

The number of Communist Party of China (CPC) members has increased to over 80 million, senior party officials said.

The CPC had 80.269 million members by the end of last year, Wang Qinfeng, deputy head of the Organization Department of the CPC Central Committee was quoted as saying by The China Daily.

The Party grew from only about 50 members at its birth to nearly 4.5 million when the People's Republic of China was founded in 1949.

Last year, 3.075 million people joined the party, which is the world's largest political Party.

The majority of new members have been college students and people at the frontline of production or work, such as industrial workers, farmers, herders, and migrant workers.

According to the CPC, they received 21.017 million membership applications last year, a year-on-year increase of 861,000.

Meanwhile, 32,000 people were expelled or withdrew from the Party last year, Wang said.


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