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More than 1.5 million joined Chinese Communist Party in 2013

Published on Jun 30, 2014 2:05 PM

BEIJING (AFP) - China's ruling Communist Party, already the largest in the world, gained 1.56 million members last year, according to figures released on Monday.

The party had 86.7 million members at the end of 2013, its organisation department said in a statement - more than the entire population of Germany.

More than 90 years after being founded and after 64 years in power, the institution now has members ranging from businesspeople to students, some of whom join for status or connections and not out of political loyalty.

Monday's figure represents a 1.8 per cent rise year-on-year, slower than the 3.1 per cent the party saw in 2012, the organisation department said, attributing the decrease to new controls implemented in order to "develop the quality of party members".

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