Records show that the first CCP congress was held in Shanghai on 23 July 1921. However, 1 July was later designated as the “anniversary of foundation”, because party founder Mao Zedong “merely remembered that the first party congress had been convened ‘in July’ when the CCP decided” on that date in the 1930s, Nikkei Asia reports. “A celebratory mood is growing in China” ahead of the celebration, which is being advertised with the slogan “follow the party forever”, the magazine adds. According to the state-owned Global Times, the festivities will kick off with a “grand ceremony” during which “outstanding party members will be awarded with ‘July 1 Medals’ for the first time”.
The medals will be awarded to individuals “who made extraordinary contributions to the party”, the paper continues, with plans in place for “other outstanding party members, party affairs workers, community-level party organisations and senior party members who have been members for 50 years” to also receive awards.