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In China's Communist Party, white collars now outnumber blue

Party grapples with identity crisis on eve of 100th anniversary

Chinese President Xi Jinping is shown on a screen during an event in Shanghai marking the 100th founding anniversary of the Communist Party of China.   © Reuters

BEIJING -- For the first time ever, the number of professionals registered with the century-old Communist Party of China has exceeded the number of factory and farm laborers in its ranks, showing the changing nature of the self-described vanguard of the working class.

The Communist Party had nearly 32.19 million members who can be classified as white-collar workers at the end of 2019, according to data from its organization department, topping the 32.01 million registered industrial and service workers.

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