According to the Chinese Communist Party’s (CCP) Organization Department, at the end of 2017, CCP membership reached 89.5 million, 117,000 more than the year before. The number of the Party’s grassroots organizations increased to 4.6 million, 53,000 higher than the year 2016.
It is said that the CCP has been exerting quantity control so that the annual growth rate of the membership fell by 1.5 percent. In 2017, about 2 million people became new CCP members. Among them, about 1 million or 50.8 percent are working “at the front line of production and work,” 860,000 or 43.4 percent hold a college degree or above, and 1.6 million or 81.4 percent are under 35 years old.
Among the existing 89.5 million CCP members, 43.3 million or 48.3 percent hold a college degree or above, 23.9 million or 26.7 percent are female, and 6.5 million or 7.3 percent are from ethnic minorities.
The grassroots CCP organizations continue to expand across every corner of the country. 99.7 percent of government organizations have CCP organizations installed in them and the proportion among non-governmental institutions is 95.2 percent. About 92.8 percent of the state-owned enterprises and 73.1 percent of the non-public enterprises are covered by CCP branches.
Source: Xinhua News Agency, June 30, 2018