The ruling Communist Party of China’s goals are not a secret anymore and many countries have started to become cautious and alert of the Chinese government’s hostile actions. Under President Xi Jinping, the party and the Chinese government have increased their foreign interference and espionage operations.
In a shocking development, a report by Indian Express suggested that at least one CPC member was hired by the Indian consulate in Shanghai using the services of a Chinese state-owned recruitment agency. The article said the CPC member had served in the Indian consulate in Shanghai for three years from mid-2014 to mid-2017. Further, seven affiliates of the party also have an India connection.
Amid simmering tensions between China and Australia, The Australian newspaper displayed a recent data leak of classified CCP documents, revealing the names, positions, birthdays and ethnicity of 1.95 million CCP members employed in large multinational companies as well as in the consulates and missions of foreign governments in Shanghai.
It has revealed how the alleged CPC members are employed with some of the world’s biggest corporations in the areas of defence, banks and pharmaceutical giants manufacturing coronavirus vaccines. The companies include ANZ, HSBC, Pfizer, AstraZeneca, Volkswagen and Boeing.
A detailed analysis of the material by The Mail claims pharmaceutical giants Pfizer and AstraZeneca — both involved in the development of coronavirus vaccines — employed a total 123 CCP loyalists. The analysis also claimed there were over 600 party members across 19 branches working at British banks HSBC and Standard Chartered in 2016.
The Chinese embassy in India did not respond to specific queries by the Indian Express seeking to understand the India affiliation of these branch committees and also the services of FASD in providing human resources to foreign consulates.
In a statement, it said: “The members of the Communist Party of China (CPC) — numbering over 90 million — are all ordinary human beings who serve the people with their hearts and souls. Is there really anything to be afraid of them? It is ridiculous and wantonly smearing to treat more than 90 million CPC members as ‘espionage’.”
The revelation comes at a time when the unhinged dragon’s deteriorating relation with the majority of the countries has sparked controversies globally.
Australia’s ties with top trade partner China soured in 2018 when it became the first country to publicly ban China’s Huawei from its 5G network. The ties worsened after Canberra called for an enquiry into the origins of the new coronavirus, which was first detected in the central Chinese city of Wuhan.
Both countries are permanent members of the United Nations Security Council. In recent months, the relations between the two countries have been controversial and hostile due to the Hong Kong national security law that was passed by China on June 30, 2020.
Relations between India and China are at the “most difficult phase” in the last three to four decades, as the months-long impasse over the border in the Himalayan region of Ladakh continues. Tensions between the two have been high since June when at least 20 Indian soldiers were killed in a violent face-off with Chinese troops involving rocks and clubs.