Amid boiling tensions between Australia and China, the media on Monday in Melbourne reported a major data flow containing official records such as party position, date of birth, national identification number and ethnicity of nearly two million alleged Communist Party of China (CPC) members living working through the world. The data leak obtained by the newspaper ‘Australia’ revealed how the alleged members of the CCP are working with some of the world’s largest companies in the defense, banking and pharmaceutical giants. coronavirus vaccines.
Among the companies identified as alleged members of CPC as its employees are Boeing and Volkswagen, pharmaceutical giants Pfizer and AstraZeneca, and financial institutions including ANZ and HSBC, according to the reports. The leak exposed details of 1.95 million CPC members after a server was removed from Shanghai by whistleblowers.
An investigation by “The Australian” found that at least 10 consulates in the eastern Chinese metropolis Shanghai have CPC members employed as senior specialists in political and government affairs, officials, economic advisers and executive assistants. It further revealed 79,000 subsidiaries, many of them in companies, universities and even government agencies.
The leak claimed that the ruling CPC had infiltrated the Australian, British and US consulates in Shanghai, with the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade using a Chinese government agency, the Service Department of Shanghai Foreign Agencies, to hire local staff. It is believed to be the first such leak in the world, Australian journalist and Sky News host Sharri Markson said on Monday in her report.
What is amazing about this database is not only that it exposes people who are members of the Communist Party, and who now live and work all over the world, from Australia to the US to the UK, but it is amazing because it raises the cover on how the party operates under President and President Xi Jinping, Markson said. Markson said CPC branches were set up in Western companies, where members, if called upon, respond directly to the Communist Party and President Xi himself.
She will also embarrass some global companies that seem to have no plan to protect their intellectual property from theft, from economic espionage, she said. Markson said the leak is a major security breach that is likely to embarrass Xi.
The data was extracted from a Shanghai server by Chinese dissidents, whistleblowers, in April 2016, who used it for counterintelligence purposes. Markson said it is worth noting that there is no suggestion that these members were doing espionage – but the concern is about whether Australia or these companies knew about the CCP members and if so, some steps have been taken to protect their data and people . “ties with China’s main trading partner declined in 2018 when it became the first country to publicly ban Chinese Huawei from its 5G network, and worsened after Canberra called for an investigation into the origins of the new coronavirus, which was first detected in the central Chinese city of Wuhan.
Beijing has also angered Australian criticism of its actions in Hong Kong, Xinjiang, Taiwan and the South China Sea.