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90th Anniversary of China's Communist Party

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Last Friday, July 1, China's Communist Party celebrated its 90th anniversary. Through a carefully choreographed week of events -- including concerts, revolutionary re-enactments, TV shows, a star-studded propaganda film, and a gala event in Shanghai -- the party emphasized its populist origins. The celebration culminated in a 90-minute speech by Chinese President Hu Jintao, where he extolled the 90 years of Communist Party rule but acknowledged the current need to fight state corruption. Collected here are some of the scenes from around the country, as members and supporters of China's Communist Party celebrated the nine decades since its founding. [30 photos]

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Students in school uniforms link their arms to form the flag of the Communist Party of China, in celebration of the party's upcoming 90th anniversary during a photo call at a primary school in Dexing, Jiangxi province, on June 20, 2011. (Reuters/China Daily)
Students in school uniforms link their arms to form the flag of the Communist Party of China, in celebration of the party's upcoming 90th anniversary during a photo call at a primary school in Dexing, Jiangxi province, on June 20, 2011. (Reuters/China Daily)
Dancers perform The White-Haired Girl ballet in the Shanghai City Theater, on June 28, 2011. The ballet was performed for the first time in 1945, along with Red Detachment of Women. Together they are considered by many as the classics of revolutionary China's ballet performances. (Reuters/Carlos Barria) #
A man cycles past a decoration put up to celebrate the upcoming 90th anniversary of the founding of the Communist Party of China in Chongqing municipality, on June 30, 2011. (Reuters/Jason Lee) #
Workers use irons to smooth out a Communist Party of China flag on a table at the Beijing Jingong Red Flag factory located on the outskirts of Beijing, on June 28, 2011. The factory has made more than 30,000 flags over the last three months for the upcoming celebrations to mark the 90th anniversary of China's Communist Party on July 1. (Reuters/David Gray) #
A boy dressed in Communist Red Army uniform plays with a toy gun at an old communist base from the 1940's, in Yan'an, in northwestern China's Shaanxi province, on Friday, July 1, 2011. Yan'an is celebrated as the birthplace of China's communist revolution. (AP Photo/Alexander F. Yuan) #
Soldiers perform in a revolutionary song singing competition to celebrate the upcoming 90th anniversary of the founding of the Communist Party of China, in Chongqing municipality, on June 30, 2011. (Reuters/Jason Lee) #
Workers construct a display on the top of a giant communist emblem at Tiananmen Square on June 27, 2011 in Beijing, China. (Feng Li/Getty Images) #
Visitors stand beside a painting at an exhibition by China's Communist Party to celebrate its 90th anniversary, in the Shanghai Art Museum, on June 29, 2011. (Reuters/Aly Song) #
Wang Pengkai, an actor playing the part of China's former Chairman Mao Zedong, has his make-up applied (including Mao's famous mole on his chin), during the filming of the upcoming television drama on the founding of China's Communist Party in Weihai, Shandong province June 13, 2011. (Reuters/Carlos Barria) #
A Chinese military band conductor rehearses ahead of the celebration of the Communist Party's 90th anniversary at the Great Hall of the People on July 1, 2011, in Beijing, China. (Feng Li/Getty Images) #
A military band member rehearses ahead of the celebration of the Communist Party's 90th anniversary at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, China, on Friday, July 1, 2011. (AP Photo/Andy Wong) #
Communist party members watch Chinese President Hu Jintao give a speech inside the Great Hall of the People in Beijing as part of celebrations for the Chinese Communist Party's 90th anniversary on July 1, 2011. (Peter Parks/AFP/Getty Images) #
A Chinese ethnic minority communist party member who was honored inside the Great Hall of the People walks in Tiananmen Square in Beijing, on July 1, 2011. (Peter Parks/AFP/Getty Images) #
An actor dressed as a Communist Red Army soldier aims his rifle during a battle re-enactment of the Defense of Yan'an, at a tourist attraction in Yan'an, in northwestern China's Shaanxi province, on Wednesday, June 29, 2011. (AP Photo/Alexander F. Yuan) #
Participants rest before a revolutionary song singing competition in Chongqing municipality, on June 30, 2011. (Reuters/Jason Lee) #
Guests attend an event to celebrate the 90th anniversary of the founding of the Communist Party of China, at the Mercedes-Benz Arena in Shanghai, China, on June 30, 2011. (Reuters/Carlos Barria) #
Students wave the flags of Communist Party of China during the opening ceremony of a revolutionary song singing concert at Chongqing Olympic Sports Center, on June 29, 2011. More than 70,000 people attended the ceremony. (Reuters/Jason Lee) #
Students perform during the opening ceremony of a revolutionary song singing concert at Chongqing Olympic Sports Center, on June 29, 2011. (Reuters/Jason Lee) #
Dancers perform during a gala show to celebrate the 90th anniversary of the founding of the Communist Party of China in the Great Hall of the People, on June 28, 2011 in Beijing, China. (Feng Li/Getty Images) #
Performers wearing costumes with the emblem of the Chinese Communist Party sing in a revolutionary songs singing event in Chongqing municipality, on June 28, 2011. (Reuters/Jason Lee) #
A performer holds a flag of the Communist Party of China during an event to celebrate the upcoming 90th anniversary of the founding of the party, at the Mercedes-Benz Arena in Shanghai, on June 30, 2011. (Reuters/Carlos Barria) #
A choir sings "red songs" on stage to mark the 90th anniversary of the Communist Party of China on June 30, 2011 in Binzhou, Shandong Province of China. (ChinaFotoPress/Getty Images) #
Participants, dressed in Red Army uniforms, sing during a revolutionary song singing competition in Chongqing municipality, on June 30, 2011. (Reuters/Jason Lee) #
A child is held aloft before an emblem of the Communist Party of China, in Tiananmen Square, on June 30, 2011 in Beijing, China. (Feng Li/Getty Images) #
Singers perform during a gala show to celebrate the 90th anniversary of the founding of the Communist Party of China in the Great Hall of the People, on June 28, 2011 in Beijing, China. (Feng Li/Getty Images) #
Participants wave Chinese national and party flags during the opening ceremony of a revolutionary concert at Chongqing Olympic Sports Center, on June 29, 2011. (Reuters/Jason Lee) #
Students perform for the opening ceremony of a revolutionary concert at Chongqing Olympic Sports Center, on June 29, 2011. (Reuters/Jason Lee) #
A huge symbol of the Chinese Communist Party, illuminated in Tiananmen Square on June 30, 2011, in Beijing, China. (ChinaFotoPress/Getty Images) #
Performers hold flags of the Communist Party of China during an event to celebrate the 90th anniversary of the founding of the party, at the Mercedes-Benz Arena in Shanghai, on June 30, 2011. (Reuters/Carlos Barria) #
A schoolgirl dressed as a Chinese Red Army soldier walks through a red curtain during a revolutionary song singing competition in Chongqing municipality, on June 30, 2011. (Reuters/Jason Lee) #
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