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Published: Tuesday July 1, 2014 MYT 12:00:00 AM
Updated: Tuesday July 1, 2014 MYT 7:27:45 AM

1.5 million join China’s Communist Party

BEIJING: China’s ruling Communist Party, already the largest in the world, gained 1.56 million members last year, according to figures released.

The party had 86.7 million members at the end of 2013, its organisation department said in a statement – more than the entire population of Germany.

Monday’s figure represents a 1.8% rise year-on-year, slower than the 3.1% the party saw in 2012, the organisation department said, attributing the decrease to new controls implemented in order to “develop the quality of party members”.

Women make up 21.1 million members, or 24.3%, according to the department.

The party’s large membership has drawn some criticism from within its own ranks. Last year, Zhang Xien, a political scientist at Shandong University, wrote in a party magazine that “the rapid expansion of party membership has brought the party huge dangers”.

“Creating a mechanism for party members to quit is the top priority for building up the party in the new era,” he wrote, adding that the party should consider slashing its membership to 51 million people by separating out “preparatory” and “honorary” members. — AFP

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