The Australian on Sunday reported on a leaked database allegedly of nearly 2 million members of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) who have infiltrated major corporations and academic institutions around the world.
Among those named in the report are vital American companies like Boeing, Hewlett-Packard, Pfizer, and QualComm that are part of government and military supply chains.
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the database was pulled from a server in Shanghai by Chinese dissidents and leaked in September to the Inter-Parliamentary Alliance on China (IPAC), a group of legislators from countries around the world, including Australia, Europe, Japan, and the United States. The American members are Sens. Marco Rubio (R-FL) and Bob Menendez (D-NJ)
IPAC, in turn, provided the Chinese database to media organizations in Australia, the United Kingdom, Belgium, and Sweden.
“It is the first time a list of this scale has been leaked and it unveils the secrecy shrouding CCP operations and exposes how party branches are embedded in some of the world’s biggest companies, with intelligence experts warning China is using the structure to achieve global dominance,” the Australian wrote.
The report quoted an unnamed Australian intelligence officer who described CCP penetration of foreign businesses, governments, and influential organizations as a “totally unacceptable security risk.”
“In some cases, they go beyond being a security risk, and actually do the bidding of China in attempting to influence governments overseas. The recent raids in Sydney are an example of this,” the source said.
This was a reference to raids conducted over the summer by the Australian Security Intelligence Organization(ASIO), Australia’s primary national security agency, as part of an investigation into Chinese Communist Party influence over Australian politics.
The Australian did not print the names of the people in the database, only the companies and institutions they work for, but other media organizations and analysts have named a few of them. Australia’s News.com said Monday that one of the CCP members on the list is Chen Hong, a scholar based in Shanghai whose Australian visa was revoked in September after ASIO identified him as a possible security risk.
“Professor Chen has criticized Australia in articles for the state-run Global Times newspaper, describing the COVID-19 travel ban as racist and accusing the country of ‘stabbing China in the back’ over Prime Minister Scott Morrison’s calls for an independent inquiry into the origins of the virus,” News.com recalled.
Fox News noted Monday that, based on the Australian’s database report, at least ten foreign consulates in Shanghai have CCP members working in positions ranging from clerks to senior political and economic advisers, including the U.S. and U.K. consulates.
Sources: The Chicago Tribune and Fox News; Photo: The Washington Post