Chinese President Xi Jinping delivers a speech Thursday, July 1, at a ceremony in Beijing marking the 100th anniversary of the Chinese Communist Party.
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In pictures: 100 years of China's Communist Party

Updated 2343 GMT (0743 HKT) July 1, 2021

Chinese President Xi Jinping delivers a speech Thursday, July 1, at a ceremony in Beijing marking the 100th anniversary of the Chinese Communist Party.
Xie Huanchi/Xinhua/AP

The Chinese Communist Party, which formed in 1921 and has ruled the People's Republic of China since 1949, celebrated its 100th anniversary on Thursday, July 1.

As the ruling party, the CCP monopolizes both the state and society in China. It controls the military and the police, along with personnel appointments across all of China's political institutions, the media and the judiciary.

With more than 90 million members, the CCP is one of the largest political parties in the world.

The party's leader, Xi J