On Sunday, Australia’s Sky News reported the disclosure of a register with the names and pertinent details of 1.95 million Chinese Communist Party (CCP) members, many of whom have embedded themselves in western democracies, the world’s largest multination corporations, and prestigious academic institutions.
The report offers one of the most transparent pictures to date of how the CCP has evolved in the 21st century.
The Daily Wire reports:
“Communist party branches have been set up inside western companies, allowing the infiltration of those companies by CCP members — who, if called on, are answerable directly to the communist party, to the Chairman, the president himself,” said Sky News’ Sharri Markson.
“Along with the personal identifying details of 1.95 million communist party members, mostly from Shanghai, there are also the details of 79,000 communist party branches, many of them inside companies.”
Markson also inferred that this security breach would likely embarrass both Xi Jinping and “some global companies who appear to have no plan in place to protect their intellectual property from theft.”
According to the Daily Mail, communist party members swear an oath to “guard Party secrets, be loyal to the Party, work hard, fight for communism throughout my life…and never betray the Party,” are “understood to have jobs in British consulates,” and that “Beijing’s malign influence now stretches into almost every corner of British life, including defence firms, banks and pharmaceutical giants.”
It is not clear if any western government or company knew of the extent of this threat.