Xi Jinping's latest purge to ensure party and internal stability

In July, President Xi Jinping turned the crackdown inwards, going after his own law enforcers with a campaign to purge corrupt, disloyal officials in the public security and judicial spheres.
In July, President Xi Jinping turned the crackdown inwards, going after his own law enforcers with a campaign to purge corrupt, disloyal officials in the public security and judicial spheres.PHOTO: REUTERS

BEIJING - In March 1950, six months after the Communists defeated Kuomintang (KMT) troops and won the Chinese civil war, Mao Zedong launched the first political campaign in the fledgling People's Republic of China to "suppress counter-revolutionaries".

During the three-year campaign to consolidate the Chinese Communist Party's (CCP) hold on power, at least 2.6 million people comprising of KMT remnants, landlords and bandits were rounded up and half that number were sent to labour camps.

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