Photo Courtesy: Falun Dafa practitioners carry a banner celebrating 400 million Chinese people who have withdrawn from the CCP as part of the Tuidang movement in China, during a march through the center of Warsaw, Poland, on Sept. 9, 2022. (Mihut Savu/The Epoch Times)
Chinese dissidents living in the United States are lauding the Tuidang Movement, considering it a significant catalyst for what they describe as a “landmark of Chinese people’s spiritual awakening.” This grassroots movement, initiated by an editorial series published by The Epoch Times in 2004, aims to peacefully bring an end to the totalitarian rule of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP).
The Tuidang Movement, translated as the “Quitting the Party Movement,” commenced following the release of the editorial series titled the “Nine Commentaries on the Communist Party.” The Nine Commentaries critically expose the CCP’s malevolent origins, unscrupulous nature, and a history marked by atrocities. Available in 16 languages, including Chinese and English, the series earned awards for excellence in online news coverage of Asian American issues in 2005.
Jie Lijian, a Chinese rights activist and the executive director of the Youth Department of the Chinese Democratic Party, currently residing in the United States, emphasized the transformative impact of the Nine Commentaries. Since its publication, volunteers, particularly from the Falun Gong movement, have distributed copies both in China and abroad, raising awareness about the CCP’s malevolent nature.
As of November 13, 2023, the Global Service Center reports that over 422 million Chinese individuals have renounced any ties with the CCP, the Youth League, and the Young Pioneers. This movement, also known as the “Three Withdrawals Movement,” includes disassociating from the CCP’s affiliated organizations, such as the Youth League and the Young Pioneers.
While the CCP claims over 95 million members, most Chinese citizens are compelled to join its affiliated organizations during childhood, pledging allegiance to the CCP. The Tuidang Movement allows individuals to openly declare their withdrawal from the CCP, and tens of thousands do so daily on the movement’s website.
Jie Lijian, in an interview, recounted his introduction to the Tuidang Movement in 2004 while still a teenager in his hometown. Local residents received copies of the Nine Commentaries, and Jie, along with his family, watched the accompanying CDs to understand the true nature of the CCP. Reflecting on the movement’s impact, Jie advocates for widespread participation, urging people to break away from the CCP’s authoritarianism and return to true Chinese civilization.
Chen Siming, a dissident from Zhuzhou city in China’s Hunan province, hailed the Nine Commentaries as a “milestone in Chinese people’s resistance against the tyranny of the communist regime.” Chen, blacklisted by the Zhuzhou Public Security Bureau, faced persecution for his pro-democracy activities, leading him to quit the Communist Youth League in 2018 after being contacted by a Tuidang volunteer.
Wang Jing, a citizen reporter and human rights activist from Jilin Province, expressed her gratitude to Falun Gong friends who introduced her to the Tuidang movement. Wang publicly renounced her association with the CCP in 2022. Despite facing imprisonment and personal tragedy, she acknowledges the movement’s impact and notes the growing number of Chinese people actively quitting the CCP through Tuidang.
Li Jun, director of the documentary “The Awakening of 400 Million People,” views the Tuidang Movement as a “spiritual awakening” for the Chinese people. Having interviewed Tuidang volunteers worldwide, Li emphasizes the movement’s essence—withdrawal from the CCP’s oath, made by Chinese citizens during their primary school years. He considers the Tuidang Movement pivotal for a future democratic and free China.
Fang Zheng, a survivor of the 1989 Tiananmen Square Massacre, quit the CCP in 2005 after reading the Nine Commentaries. Recognizing the importance of a genuine enlightenment movement, Fang believes the Tuidang Movement is the beginning of a nationwide awakening, calling on all audience members to become Tuidang volunteers.
Feng Congde, a student leader during the 1989 pro-democracy protests in Tiananmen Square, underscores the need for global awareness about the CCP’s true nature, urging people to refrain from engaging with the regime. Li Jun’s documentary, “The Awakening of 400 Million People,” premiering on Nov. 26, 2023, is expected to shed light on the impact of the Tuidang Movement.
In the eyes of these Chinese dissidents, the Tuidang Movement has become a powerful force for spiritual awakening, symbolizing resistance against the CCP’s tyranny and fostering a collective pursuit of freedom and democracy for the Chinese people. As millions renounce their ties with the CCP through this movement, its influence continues to grow, marking a significant chapter in the quest for justice, truth, and liberation.