The Chinese Communist Party (CPC) has long maintained aspirations for global power. The CCP’s goals were no secret and world powers began to vary according to the hostile actions of the Chinese government. Under President Xi Jinping, the party and the Chinese government have stepped up their foreign interference and intelligence operations.
A recent data leak of classified CCP documents revealed the names, positions, birthdays and ethnicity of 1.95 million CCP members employed in large multinational companies and in the consulates and missions of foreign governments in Shanghai.
The leak, extracted from a Shanghai server, is a massive breakthrough for democratic powers as it revealed that PCC members had managed to infiltrate several foreign consulates in Shanghai. These PCC members have managed to gain prominent positions as senior specialists in political and government affairs, officials, economic advisers and executive assistants in at least 10 foreign consuls in Shanghai.
Foreign experts have signaled that this data leak could lead to China’s ‘state-sponsored spy ring’ and that hiring CCP members in consuls, no matter the position, constitutes a major breach of protocol and a potential threat to national security. The leak also revealed that members of the Chinese Communist Party have also infiltrated major foreign companies such as Boeing – which deals with multi-billion dollar defense contracts. CCP members have also been found to work at Pfizer and AstraZeneca, two major pharmaceutical companies currently developing the coronavirus vaccine. Loyal members of CPC also managed to infiltrate top universities.
There are more than 90 million PCC members around the world, although they all come from different backgrounds, one thing that binds them all together is loyalty to the Party. All PCC members must promise to put the party and its interests above everything else. According to Party traditions, the oath also says that the members must be willing to sacrifice everything for the good of the party. Therefore. It is obvious that the main loyalty of some CCP members lies at the party and in such a scenario as one is allowed to work in the consulate of another country where they could have access to state secrets and information that could put a country on the line. security at risk?
Leader and MP of the Conservative Party lay Duncan Smith, and also thirty British MPs plan to soon report this important issue to the House of Commons Britain.
The leaked database showed that CCP members were employed at many consulates in Shanghai, including missions the United States, Australia, Britain, Germany, South Africa, Switzerland and India. Various investigations into the data leak have highlighted that a Chinese government agency called the Shanghai Foreign Agency Service Department (SFASD) has helped consuls and missions across Shanghai to hire local staff. It was later discovered that SFASD owned at least 12 active CCP affiliates, which consisted of more than 200 members of the Chinese Communist Party. According to The Australian, the SFASD website currently lists jobs for the Australian, American, at Czechaj, Ethiopian, Brazilian, Chilean and Hong Kong consulates in Shanghai. Samuel Anderson, a spokesman for the British society Henry Jackson – a foreign policy think tank – said the SFASD appeared to function as a well-organized state-sponsored spy ring.
The main data flow proved to be a great embarrassment for Chinese President Xi Jinping and also managed to discover how the Party works under him. The leak also revealed that nearly 99% of the CCP members were of the Han Chinese ethnic group, with the majority of members male. The list of PCC members was leaked in mid-September and sent to the Inter-Parliamentary Alliance in China. The Alliance contains 150 legislators from around the world. The list of Chinese communist supporters then finally turned to four media organizations: the Australian, The Sunday Mall in Britain, De Standard in Belgium and Swedish journalists. Independent investigations into the data leak revealed that the list of CCP members was most likely accessed via a local network, meaning that Chinese dissidents risked their lives to gain physical access to the server containing the list.
Liberal MP Andrew Hastie, the chairman of the Australian Parliamentary Joint Committee on Intelligence and Security, said there was a huge conflict of interest for PCC members to engage in projects of national significance for Australia. The leaking was still reflected. that CCP members employed at any level in the consuls or missions of other countries are potential spies.
In addition to overseas missions, a number of companies identified as employing CCP executives are – Volvo, Citibank, HSBC, Pfizer, IKEA, the Australian and New Zealand banking group (ANZ), Volkswagen, Jaguar and Mercedes-Benz. Some prominent scholars such as Australian scholar Chen Hong have also been listed in the CPC’s filtered database. Hong revoked his Australian visa in September after security agencies found that Hong was a potential security risk. Chinese specialist Clive Hamilton has stated that the leaked list of CCP members will give the world a rare glimpse of the spy and spy operations conducted by China around the world. He added that Shanghai was the main center in China for the organization of spy operations to Western nations.
This big data leak of CCP members is probably the first in their world of its kind. The leak proved that the CPC had set up branches and infiltrated some of the world’s leading transnational corporations, academic institutions and government bodies. The Chinese government has also recently been accused of trying to interfere in Australia’s internal functioning. Former foreign affairs diplomat and Chinese expert Mathew Henderson said the leaked data proves that China used deception and bad resources to enter the establishment of several countries. He added that treating China is the same as dancing with “rabid wolves” and that China is determined to overthrow democracy and outdo the western world.
Every member of the Chinese Communist Party subscribed to all the CCP’s beliefs, principles and actions, from the repression of ethnic minorities in Xinjiang to the arbitrary arrest of pro-democracy activists in Hong Kong. These beliefs they carry with them when they are employed in the consuls of foreign countries. Working in consuls or missions of foreign nations, CCP members have the potential to do invaluable harm, as they may have access to highly sensitive information and allow PCCs to interfere in the functioning of democracies.