A leaked list of nearly two million Members of the Communist Party who have developed branches in foreign political and industrial circles is raising alarm in the West about the party’s infiltration. Radio Free Asia combed through the list and found that Taiwan‘s leading companies, Formosa Plastics Group and Electronics giant Delta Power, also have Communist Party branches. What else does this list of Communists reveal?
A list of one million Communist party members from Shanghai
A document containing nearly 2m members of the Communist Party was recently leaked to the Inter-Parliamentary Alliance on China (IPAC), which focuses on the government’s activities, and handed over to a number of media outlets and experts for investigation.
“After about three weeks of work, we were able to determine the source and accuracy of this data.” David Robinson, founder of Internet2.0, a data security analyst helping IPAC, told the BBC that it was now clear that the data came from a local server in Shanghai, where it was first extracted on April 16, 2016.
The Mail on Sunday and The Australian took The lead in investigating The list, and found that at least 10 countries employ Communist party members at their consulates general in Shanghai, while several multinational companies, including HSBC, Standard Chartered bank, Pfizer, Boeing and others, also have Communist party branches.
Communist party branches in key Taiwanese companies have been exposed
We combed through the list, which includes some 1.95 million members of 79,000 different Communist party branches, mostly in the Shanghai area. Details of their names, sex, ethnicity, native place, affiliated party branches, Chinese citizenship id number, means of communication and education.
There are 255 members on the list. Only 3 of them have high school education, and the others have university or master or doctor degree or above.
Formosa Plastics, the largest petrochemical industry group in Taiwan, also has a “Formosa Plastics Project Party branch in Vietnam” with a list of 25 members.
Neither Delta nor Formosa Plastics co., Ltd. responded to our query on the deadline, so we could not get the details of these employees’ positions within the company.
Lin Zonghong, a researcher with the Institute of Sociology at the Academia Sincas, told scidev.net that since Xi Jinping came to power in 2012, Taiwanese businesses have been asked by the Chinese government to take a more active part in “party building” in their businesses. The leaked list indirectly confirms the communist Party’s policy requirements for foreign companies, and sheds light on the extent and manner in which the party penetrates through party building.
“For example, if an enterprise has three or four or more Party members, it can set up a party branch to accept the party’s leadership and engage in political and study group meetings. “Every month, we need to take minutes of meetings, read and discuss Party documents, and review ourselves, possibly discussing their contributions to cross-Straits relations,” he said. “The daily activities [for party building] are like this.” “We are more worried that with cross-strait relations, us-China relations tense, these party branches will become the periphery of the United Front or political activities in Taiwan, reverse infiltrating enterprises, asking them to cooperate with the propaganda of the CPC’s policy on Taiwan, or become agents of united Front activities in Taiwan,” Said Lin.
Mr. Wu, a Taiwanese businessman who does not want to be named for safety reasons and owns three factories in China, told the Taiwan News that small and medium-sized Taiwan-funded enterprises also have many difficulties in cooperating with party construction, because the company has to provide resources and time for employees to carry out Party affairs. Many factories cooperate passively, or cooperate with the party’s disaster relief donation and other projects when necessary. He is not surprised that Taiwan’s Dachang has branches of the Communist Party.
Who are the 106 Communists with “Taiwan” background?
The Party currently has about 92 million members and more than 4.68 million grass-roots organizations. To join the Communist Party of China, one must have Chinese citizenship, and the oath of admission includes “the secret of the Conservative Party, loyalty to the Party, lifelong struggle for communism, readiness to die for the Party and the people, and never defection from the Party.”
Of the 1.95 million or so communist Party members on our list, we found 106 with “Taiwan” backgrounds. The reporter found that the names of at least 10 cadres or members of the “Shanghai Federation of Taiwan Compatriots” and the “Shanghai Taiwan Democratic Self-government League” with united Front background were consistent.
Attempts to call the men, who did not deny their communist party membership, declined to comment. One of the party members on the list said his grandparents had Taiwanese background, had grown up in Shanghai and had not been to Taiwan.
“Those who were designated as Taiwanese were not necessarily born in Taiwan, but either came to China in 1949 or were absorbed later (to China), or hundreds of thousands of them,” Lin said.
He mentioned that Chinese citizens with “Taiwan nationality” can enjoy extra points or other preferential treatment for people from Hong Kong, Macao and Taiwan. In addition, the group could be drawn into the National People’s Congress and the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC) as a model for the Communist Party’s work on Taiwan.
Under Taiwan’s current regulations on Cross-strait Relations, Taiwanese who join the Communist Party of China can be fined between 100,000 yuan and 500,000 yuan. Lu Lian, president of the Shanghai Federation of Taiwan Compatriots and professor of foreign Languages at Fudan University in Shanghai, who was elected “Taiwan representative” at the 19th CPC National Congress in 2017, was expelled from Taiwan at the time.
The West is alarmed that the communist Party of China has infiltrated the academia
The leaked list, which accounts for just 2 per cent of all Communist Party members, has raised alarms about the extent of the party’s penetration of foreign companies.
Three Hong Kong politicians Luo Guancong exile, Zhang Kunyang, Xu Zhifeng on December 16, released a letter to open free world leaders called for democratic countries should not ignore the CPC united front and the infiltration, and puts forward three Suggestions, contains an overhaul for executives of party members, sensitive industry listed companies fight communist party penetration, and legislation banning of the communist party of China through the purchase of local enterprises and other means to manipulate civil society.
Party branches of financial institutions account for a large part of the leaked list of communist party members. HSBC has at least eight party branches and more than 300 Communist party members. Citibank, with its American background, also has nine party branches, with at least 350 party members. Standard Chartered has at least 10 party branches and nearly 300 party members.
DBS, Australia & New Zealand, Paris, Mizuho, America and bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi, the Boston Consulting Group and Ernst & Young all have communist party branches.
HSBC caused controversy this year by freezing accounts of Hong Kong democracy campaigners and issuing a statement condemning the protests.
Boeing of the United States, Rolls Royce of The United Kingdom, Thales of France and Qualcomm, an American telecommunications company, also employ hundreds of Chinese Communist Party members in foreign companies that work in defense, research and development or in electronic-sensitive industries.
More notably, Pfizer of the US and AstraZeneca of the UK, which are working on COVID-19 vaccines, and GlaxoSmithKline, the UK’s largest pharmaceutical company, also have party branches and party employees.
The list also includes a large number of campus, community, and retirement associations.
Earlier this month, the US government imposed new restrictions on Communist Party members and their families, shortening the maximum length of a travel visa from 10 years to one month for a single entry.