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Communist party expands presence in thriving private sector

(Xinhua)

08:19, May 25, 2012

LANZHOU, May 24 (Xinhua) -- The Communist Party of China (CPC) has been swiftly expanding its presence in the private sector, tripling its grassroots Party committees in non-public companies in the past decade.

More than 300,000 CPC grassroots committees have been set up in the country's private sector, up from less than 100,000 about 10 years ago, according to data released by the State Administration for Industry and Commerce (SAIC) on Thursday.

The CPC grassroots committees among the non-public sector covered all 210,000 large private companies across the country and recruited more than 3.5 million CPC members, according to the SAIC.

The number of CPC members currently exceeds 80 million, which means that about six in every 100 Chinese people have joined the CPC in a country with a population of 1.3 billion.

The private sector, which includes more than 10 million private enterprises and nearly 40 million self-employed businesses, contributes to over 60 percent of the gross domestic product of the world's second-largest economy and creates about 90 percent of the country's new jobs, the SAIC data showed.

The rapid development of the private sector has posed new challenges for the CPC, as most of the non-public enterprises lack grassroots organizations to mobilize Party members.

To worsen the situation, many Party members have lost their affiliations with superior organizations and have become "invisible Party members."

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