The Chinese Communist Party (CCP) has longstanding aspirations for global power. The CCP’s goals were no secret, and world powers began to become a variety of the Chinese government’s hostile actions. Under President Xi Jinping, the Chinese party and government increased their foreign meddling and espionage operations.
A recent leak of classified CCP documents revealed the names, locations, birthdays, and ethnicities of 1.95 million CCP members employed in large multinational corporations, as well as consulates and foreign government missions in Shanghai. .
The leak, which was pulled from a Shanghai server, is a huge step forward for the democratic powers as it revealed that CCP members have managed to infiltrate several foreign consulates in Shanghai. These CCP members have managed to secure senior positions as senior political and government affairs specialists, clerks, economic advisors, and executive assistants in at least 10 foreign consuls in Shanghai.
Foreign affairs experts have reported that this data leak could potentially indicate a Chinese “ state-sponsored spy ring ” and that hiring CCP members in consuls, regardless of position, constitutes a serious breach of protocol and a possible threat to national security. The leak also revealed that members of the Chinese Communist Party had also infiltrated major foreign companies such as Boeing, which runs defense contracts worth billions of dollars. It was found that CCP members also work at Pfizer and AstraZeneca, two major pharmaceutical companies currently developing the coronavirus vaccine. Loyal CCP members have also managed to infiltrate the best universities.
There are more than 90 million CCP members around the world, while they all come from different backgrounds, one thing ties them all together is party loyalty. All CCP members must commit to putting the Party and its interests above all else. According to party traditions, the oath also states that members must be ready to sacrifice everything for the good of the party. Therefore. It is evident that the primary loyalty of any CCP member resides in the Party and, in such a scenario, how can one allow one to work in the consul of another country where he could have access to state secrets and information that could put the nationality of a country security at risk?
The leader of the Conservative party and parliamentarian lay Duncan Smith, as well as thirty members of the British Parliament 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 in multiple consulates in Shanghai, including US, Australian, British, German, South African, Swiss and Indian missions. Various investigations into the data leak found that a Chinese government agency called the Shanghai Foreign Agency Service Department (SFASD) assisted Shanghai consuls and missions to hire local staff. It was later discovered that the SFASD possessed at least 12 active branches of the CCP which included more than 200 Chinese Communist Party members. According to The Australian, the SFASD website currently lists job opportunities for Australian, US, 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 and state-sponsored ring of spies.
The major data leak turned out to be a great embarrassment for Chinese President Xi Jinping and even managed to expose the Party under him as a work. The leak also revealed that nearly 99% of the CCP members were from the Han Chinese ethnic group and the majority of the members were male. The list of CCP members was leaked in mid-September and was sent to the Inter-Parliamentary Alliance in China, which includes 150 lawmakers from around the world. The list of members of the Communist Party of China finally reached four media organizations: The Australian, The Sunday Mall in Great Britain, De Standard in Belgium and Swedish Journalists. Independent investigations into the data leak revealed that the CCP member list was most likely accessible via a local network, meaning Chinese dissidents risked their lives to gain physical access to the server containing the list.
Liberal MP Andrew Hastie, chairman of Australia’s Joint Parliamentary Committee on Intelligence and Security, said it was a huge conflict of interest for CCP members to engage in projects of national significance for Australia. that CCP members employed at any level in consuls or missions in other countries are potential spies.
In addition to overseas missions, a couple of companies identified as dependent by the CCP cadres are: Volvo, Citibank, HSBC, Pfizer, IKEA, the Australian and New Zealand banking group (ANZ), Volkswagen, Jaguar and Mercedes-Benz. Some eminent scholars such as Australian scholar Chen Hong have also been listed in the leaked CCP database. Hong’s Australian visa was revoked in September after security agencies determined Hong posed a possible security risk. Chinese specialist Clive Hamilton said the leaked CCP member list will provide the world with a rare insight into China’s spying and spying operations around the world. He added that Shanghai was the main hub in China for organizing spying operations on Western nations.
This large data leak of CCP members is probably the first of its kind in the world. The leak showed that the CCP has set up subsidiaries and infiltrated some of the world’s leading multinationals, academic institutions and government entities. The Chinese government was also recently accused of attempting to interfere in Australia’s internal workings. Former Foreign Ministry diplomat and Chinese expert Mathew Henderson said the leaked data is evidence that China has used deception and nefarious means to enter the plant from several countries. He added that dealing with China is tantamount to dancing with “rabid wolves” and that China is determined to overthrow democracy and overcome the Western world.
Every member of the Communist Party of China has endorsed all of 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. These are the beliefs they carry with them when they are employed in the consuls of foreign countries. While working in consuls or missions of foreign nations, CCP members have the potential to do untold harm as they may eventually have access to highly sensitive information and allow the CCP to interfere in the functioning of democracies.