People stand outside their cars watching an anti-government march organized by the country's communist party, in Beirut, Lebanon, Sunday, Dec. 16, 2018. Hundreds of Lebanese called for an end to a stalemate over forming a government seven months after elections. The Sunday protests were organized by the country's vibrant communist party, but drew others frustrated by the country's deepening economic and political crisis. (AP Photo/Hussein Malla)
People gather for the Communist Party rally protesting retirement age hikes in St.Petersburg, Russia, Sunday, Sept. 2, 2018. Several thousand people gathered in central Moscow and St.Petersburg on Sunday for a protest organized by the Communist Party and other demonstrations were reported in Vladivostok in the Far East and Barnaul and Novosibirsk in Siberia. (AP Photo/Dmitri Lovetsky)
Since Xi Jinping became supreme leader in late 2012, China has shifted into overdrive with a campaign to strengthen the ideological purity of the Communist Party, as well as establish an overarching "national security" state.
(AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)