Amidst allegations that China controls Chinese associations of commerce and Chinese students’ organizations in the United States, Chinese diplomats in the United States attended a celebration of the 27th anniversary of the Chinese American Association of Commerce in San Francisco.
On July 15, China launched its first international student camp as part of its "soft power" campaign to exert influence abroad using non-military, and non-economic means. 850 students from the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom and South Korea attended this government sponsored international Chinese language learning program.
The official Xinhua News Agency reports that Communist Party membership increased by 11,859,000 between 2002 and 2006 averaging 2.37 million per year. As of the end of 2006, Communist Party membership reportedly totaled 2.391 million, of which 14.292 million were female and 55.472 million were 35 years of age or above. According to an overseas Chinese global media, the Epoch Times, between December 3, 2004, and July 16, 2007, over 23.8 million persons quit the Communist Party, the Communist Youth League and the Young Pioneers by renouncing their membership on the web.
At a press conference on August 2, 2007, the Communist Party’s Central Commission for Discipline and Inspection announced that it is in the process of drafting a Chinese Communist Party Inspection Visits Regulation. The new regulation will institute a new inspection and review mechanism.
The Chinese Communist Party claims it had "remarkable results" in its campaign to educate and control its members. Recent Xinhua News Agency articles set forth some key achievements in methods of control of Party members, including recruitment drives in all walks of life, and an increased retention rate through using hotlines and long distance learning pilot programs.
The Chinese authorities in charge of propaganda are applying stricter censorship over the media and have criticized several publishing houses as having "serious problems." Meeting minutes released by the State Administration of Radio, Film and Television discussed 20 guidelines for conforming to China’s propaganda policies.