China decks the streets with slogans as party centenary approaches

Propaganda banners and billboards have proliferated across China in recent weeks as the ruling Communist Party prepares to celebrate its 100th birthday on July 1.Large boards with a red-emblazoned “100” and the hammer and sickle emblem hang above retail stores and along busy streets, while other signs remind citizens to live a “civilised” life and obey authorities.“Listen to the party, appreciate the party, follow the party,” declares one roadside sign in Beijing.Communist Party jargon: from…