26.5. Communist Youth League of China (中国共产主义青年团)

Had a membership of 109 million (by the 17th National Congress).

Such state sponsored youth organizations are a hallmark of dictatorships, and serve both as an indoctrination device, and as a selection tool for future politicians:

One may argue that the scouts are a similar organization in the West, but one notable difference is the scale of such dictatorship-led youth organizations.

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