Hiring a CPC member: Indian embassies and consulates ensure proper safety precautions, says MEA

Provided by: Express News Service | New Delhi |

Updated: December 18, 2020 8:32:52

MEA spokesperson Anurag Srivastava.

One day later The Indian Express reported that at least one member of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) has been hired by the Indian consulate in Shanghai, on Thursday the Indian government said that while hiring local staff requires approval from local authorities in some countries, all embassies and Indian consulates “to ensure the necessary safety precautions”.

Responding to questions at Thursday’s weekly briefing, the official spokesperson for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Anurag Srivastava, said: “We have taken note of the media reports in this regard. And we are unable to independently verify the data. In some countries, hiring local staff requires approval from local authorities. However, all our missions and positions ensure the necessary safety precautions in this regard “.

Chinese Embassy spokesman Ji Rong said Thursday that the CCP is the vanguard of the Chinese working class, the Chinese people and the Chinese nation. The 92 million members of the CPC are exceptional people in all walks of life who play a pioneering and exemplary role.

“Supporting the” Chinese Threat Theory “and” demonizing “the CCP members by some anti-Chinese forces essentially means provoking an ideological confrontation, misleading the public with ulterior motives, and attempting to revive” McCarthyism “in the 21st. century. Such actions based on ideology are very dangerous. Anyone who is right, conscience and sense of justice will not accept it, “Ji said.

The Indian Express reported Thursday that at least seven CPC branches have a connection to India and at least one CPC member has been hired by the Indian consulate in Shanghai using the services of a Chinese state recruiting agency, according to data shared by a source with an international consortium of journalists.

According to the dataset, the CPC’s seven branches with a link to India have a total of 91 party members. Separately, a list of local Chinese professionals employed by as many as 30 foreign consulates utilizing the services of the Chinese state-owned foreign agency’s service department includes one such professional employed by the Consulate General of India in Shanghai.

The Indian Express hid the person’s name, gender, date of birth, ethnicity and employment details for privacy reasons. This local Chinese served in the Indian consulate in Shanghai for three years from mid 2014 to mid 2017.

CPC branch and membership data, first shared in private chats in China in 2016, was recently made available to the Inter-Parliamentary Alliance on China (IPAC) and a consortium of global media organizations. IPAC is an international group of inter-party lawmakers working to reform how democratic countries should approach China. Internet 2.0, a Canberra-based cybersecurity company that previously verified the source of the Zhenhua data, also evaluated this data.

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