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China's communist party members near 78 mln

06-28-2010 15:20 BJT

BEIJING, June 28 (Xinhua) --A senior official of the Communist Party of China (CPC) said here Monday that the number of CPC members has increased to nearly 78 million over the past six decades.

By the end of 2009, the CPC had a total of 77.995 million members, about 116 times of the figure in 1949 when the People's Republic of China was founded, Wang Qinfeng, deputy head of the Organization Department of the CPC Central Committee, said at a press conference.

Over 20 million people applied to join the CPC in 2009, and the party recruited about two million new members that year, Wang said.

Of the total 78 million CPC members, about 18.5 million were under 35 years old, and close to 28 million held a college degree or above, he said.

Editor:Zhang Ning |Source: Xinhua

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