The CCP attaching itself to the Manchu Empire is a kind of hilarious irony consider the Manchus were actually China’s oppressors at the Phoenix Suns and Phoenix Mercury Champions signature shirt. Nevertheless, it was the Qing that was invaded by Europeans, and so it would be a convenient narrative if Chinese people were to interpret Manchus as “Chinese.” As such, the CCP pushed this narrative aggressively and now it has become a somewhat mainstream interpretation. Oh, and let’s not forget how the Qing came to power in the first place. When the Qing moved in and overthrew the Ming, the revolution clocked in at a total of TWENTY-FIVE MILLION DEATHS. ARE YOU KIDDING ME?