The Inter Parliamentary Alliance on China ( IPAC), a global coalition of 150 lawmakers, recently released a statement on the leaked database of the Chinese Communist Party Shanghai Branch member register.
A spokesperson for IPAC said, “A representative of IPAC received this list from a non-governmental source, but was not in a position to verify it, so handed it to experts. Journalists have since investigated and their findings are disturbing indeed “.
The Mail on Sunday UK, The Australian, Belgian De Standaad and a Swedish editor were then given the ‘go ahead’ to publish the findings. Prior to this the database was given to IPAC by truth seeking Chinese dissidents who extracted it from a Shanghai server in April 2016 and were using it for counter intelligence purposes.
The leaked database is essentially a register of details of 1.95 million Communist Party members that includes their names, party positions, birthdays, national ID numbers, and ethnicity. It also holds addresses and telephone numbers. There are details of 79,000 Communist Party branches, many of which were created inside Western companies.
The leaked names expose mass infiltration by the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) of UK companies including; AstraZeneca, one of the Coronavirus vaccine manufacturers; Rolls Royce; HSBC, and Jaguar Land Rover.
The Mail on Sunday confirmed that the database shows more than 600 CCP members were employed across 19 branches of British banks, HSBC and Standard Chartered. Chinese academics with party membership also worked at British universities involved in sensitive research fields including, aerospace engineering and chemistry.
Some members were employees of American aerospace companies such as Airbus and aerospace giant Boeing; Chinese communist party members were employed by the pharmaceutical giant Pfizer, another of the new vaccine manufacturers. Some CCP members worked for British Consulates.
At the British Consulate in Shanghai, one CCP member was a senior official whose duty included assisting with visits of British officials to the Mainland. Another CCP member worked near a team of MI6 British Intelligence Officers operating under diplomatic cover.
According to the Mail, 30 MPs have said they would table an urgent question about the database in The House of Commons.
MP Iain Duncan Smith told The Mail on Sunday, “The British Government must now move to expel and remove any members of the Communist Party from our Consuls throughout China. They can either serve the UK or the Chinese Communist Party, they cannot do both“.
The Guardian UK newspaper published an article on Thursday, December 10 in time for International Human Rights Day, titled ‘Chinese officials linked to Hong Kong arrests escape UK sanctions‘ citing how critics of China have been greatly dismayed at the lack of actions by the Foreign Office.
The Foreign Office picked the same day to launch new travel bans and asset freezes against 10 politicians, officials, and other individuals responsible for gross human rights violations in The Gambia, Pakistan, Russia, and Venezuela. However, they failed to impose sanctions against any Chinese officials.
The Guardian reported that “Nathan Law, a Hong Kong pro-democracy activist, who left the territory for the UK in July after a sweeping national security law was passed, said he was ‘disappointed’.”
Law continued: “It cannot be about lack of evidence, this is a political decision, I really think this is about the UK hedging strategy and I hope it will come to an end. There is nothing to expect from China and there is no fantasy to be had about the Chinese Communist Party.”
Rahima Mahmut, the UK representative for the World Uyghur Congress described the absence of sanctions on any Chinese officials as “Painful and hurtful, I hope it is a matter of time, our people are murdered, sterilised and raped.”
In contrast to the UK, Donald Trump has recognised the severe threat China poses to America and the rest of the world, actively taking measures to impose sanctions on China and clean up the CCP’s internal infiltration of American companies, institutions, and organisations.
On November 12, President Trump declared a ‘National Emergency’ to protect the US Homeland and the American people from exploitation and threat to security by the People’s Republic of China (PRC). He signed an ‘Executive Order on Addressing the Threat from Securities Investments that Finance Communist Chinese Military Companies’.
The order prohibits US persons from purchasing or investing in publicly traded securities and companies identified by the US Government as ‘communist Chinese military companies’ meaning those that are linked to and finance the Chinese military. 31 Chinese companies were banned from US investment.
Xi Jinping has stated that, “Big data is China’s national advantage.” From June 2020 the US Department of Defence released lists of companies termed as ‘Chinese military companies’ and continues to root out these entities and update the list as a working document.
Officials stated that the US is “determined to highlight and counter the PRC’s Military-Civil fusion strategy (intended to turn China’s army into a ‘world-class military’ by 2049), by stopping its access to the advanced technologies and expertise acquired and developed by those PRC companies, universities and research programs that appear to be civilian entities.”
The US Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) in the Department of Commerce (DOC) just added the Semiconductor Manufacturing International Corporation (SMIC) of China to the Entity List on December 18 stating, “We will not allow advanced US technology to help build the military of an increasingly belligerent adversary.”
BIS also added more than 60 other companies to the Entity List – a tool used by BIS to restrict the export, re-export, and transfer (in-country) of items subject to the Export Administration Regulations (EAR) to persons i.e. those individuals, organisations, and companies reasonably believed to be involved with, or to pose a significant risk of becoming involved with activities contrary to the national security or foreign policy interests of the United States.
These companies include entities in China that enable human rights abuses, support the militarisation and unlawful maritime claims in the South China Sea, as well as entities that acquired items from the US to support the People’s Liberation Army programs, and entities, and persons that engaged in theft of US trade secrets.
The Guardian reported that “In the week commencing 7 December the US imposed sanctions on 14 Chinese officials and on Thursday, 10 December it set sanctions on Huang Yunxiang, Chief of the Xiamen public security bureau, Wucun police station for involvement in gross violations of human rights in Xiamen.”
The US State Department said “Huang is associated with particularly severe violations of religious freedom of Falun Gong practitioners for practising their beliefs.” The report continued, “Luke de Pulford, Co-chair of the Inter-Parliamentary Alliance on China, said he had helped put a huge dossier of evidence on human rights abuse in front of the UK officials as had the US”.
The Guardian said that ‘Backbench MPs had this week pressed the Foreign Office Minister Nigel Adams to impose sanctions on Chinese officials involved in arresting activists in Hong Kong. Adams said the issue was under consideration’.
We have seen how the Trump Administration has stepped up to protect the US and its citizens from malevolent acts by the CCP. It is now hoped that the UK Government follows suit and heeds the requests of MPs, Lords, and the UK public to protect the UK and its citizens from similar threats that the CCP is imposing on Britain, both overtly and covertly, by reviewing the mounting evidence and taking decisive action.