The Chinese Communist Party (CCP) has long aspirations for global power. The CCP’s goals were no secret, and world powers began to become different from the Chinese government’s hostile actions. Under President Xi Jinping, the Chinese Party and government have stepped up foreign intervention and espionage operations.
A recent leak of CCP classified documents revealed the names, functions, birthdays and ethnicities of 1.95 million CCP members employed in large multinational companies, as well as in foreign government consulates and missions in Shanghai.
The leak, which was extracted from a server in Shanghai, is a massive breakthrough for the democratic powers, as it revealed that CCP members managed to infiltrate several foreign consulates in Shanghai. These members of the CCP have managed to hold prominent positions such as political and government affairs specialists, clerks, economic advisers and executive assistants in at least 10 foreign consulates in Shanghai.
Foreign experts have pointed out that this leak could indicate a Chinese “state-sponsored spy ring” and that hiring CCP members in consuls, regardless of function, is a serious breach of protocol and a potential threat to national security. . The leak also showed that members of the Chinese Communist Party also infiltrated large foreign companies such as Boeing – which deals with billions of dollars worth of defense contracts. It has also been found that CCP members work at Pfizer and AstraZeneca, two major pharmaceutical companies currently developing the coronavirus vaccine. Loyal members of the CCP also managed to infiltrate top universities.
There are more than 90 million CCP members worldwide, although they all come from different backgrounds, one thing that binds them all together is loyalty to the party. All members of the CCP must commit themselves to putting the Party and its interests above all else. According to party traditions, the oath also states that members must be prepared to sacrifice everything for the good of the party. Thus. It is clear that the primary loyalty of any CCP member rests with the party and, in such a scenario, how can they be allowed to work in the consulate of another country where they could have access to state secrets and information that could put a country’s security the risk?
The leader of the Conservative and parliamentary party has retained Duncan Smith, and thirty British MPs intend to bring this serious issue to the attention of the UK House of Commons soon.
The leaked database showed that CCP members were employed at several consulates in Shanghai, including US, Australian, British, German, South African, Swiss and Indian missions. Various investigations into the data leak revealed that a Chinese government agency called the Shanghai External Agency Services Department (SFASD) assisted the consuls and missions in Shanghai to hire local staff. It was later discovered that SFASD had at least 12 active branches of the CCP, which included more than 200 members of the Chinese Communist Party. According to The Australian, the SFASD website currently lists job openings for Australian, American, Czech, Ethiopian, Brazilian, Chilean and Hong Kong consulates in Shanghai. Samuel Anderson, a spokesman for the British Henry Jackson Society – a foreign policy think tank, said the SFASD appeared to function as a well-organized, state-sponsored spy ring.
The major data leaks proved to be a great embarrassment for Chinese President Xi Jinping and he also managed to find out how the party works under him. The leak also revealed that almost 99% of CCP members come from the Han Chinese ethnic group, with most members being men. The list of CCP members was revealed in mid-September and sent to the Chinese Interparliamentary Alliance. The alliance contains 150 lawmakers from around the world. The list of members of the Chinese Communist Party then eventually reached four media organizations: the Australian, The Sunday Mall in Great Britain, De Standard in Belgium and the Swedish Journalists. Independent investigations into the data leak showed that the list of CCP members was most likely accessed through a local network, which means that Chinese dissidents risked their lives to gain physical access to the server containing the list.
Liberal MP Andrew Hastie, chairman of the Australian Joint Parliamentary Committee on Information and Security, said it was a huge conflict of interest for CCP members to be involved in projects of national importance to Australia. that CCP members employed at any level in the consulates or missions of other countries are potential spies.
In addition to overseas missions, several companies that have been identified as hiring CCPs are: Volvo, Citibank, HSBC, Pfizer, IKEA, the Australian and New Zealand Banking Group (ANZ), Volkswagen, Jaguar and Mercedes-Benz. Some leading scientists, such as the Australian scientist Chen Hong, have also been included in the CCP database. Hong’s Australian visa was revoked in September after security agencies determined Hong was a possible security risk. Chinese specialist Clive Hamilton said the list of CCP leaked members will give the world a brief look at China’s espionage and espionage operations around the world. He added that Shanghai was the main hub in China for organizing espionage operations on Western nations.
This large leak of CCP members is probably the first of its kind in the world. The leak proved that the CCP had set up branches and infiltrated some of the world’s multinational corporations, academic institutions and government agencies. Recently, the Chinese government was accused of trying to interfere in Australia’s internal functioning. Former Foreign Ministry diplomat and expert in China Mathew Henderson said the disclosed data was proof that China had used deception and harmful means to enter the establishment of several countries. He added that dealing with China is the same as dancing with “angry wolves” and that China is determined to overthrow democracy and overtake the Western world.
Every member of the Chinese Communist Party has subscribed to all the CCP’s beliefs, principles and actions, from the oppression of ethnic minorities in Xinjiang to the arbitrary detention of pro-democracy activists in Hong Kong. They carry these beliefs when they are employed in the consulates of foreign countries. While working in foreign nations’ consulates or missions, CCP members have the potential to do unspeakable harm because they can access highly sensitive information and allow the CCP to intervene in the functioning of democracies.