Over the weekend, Australian news outlet the Australian became the first outlet to report on a leaked register containing the details of nearly two million Chinese Communist Party (CCP) members. The register is the first of its kind to be seen by eyes outside of the CCP, let alone China. The membership roll not only exposes how the CCP operates under Chinese president Xi Jinping, but also exposes thousands of CCP members that are employed by American and European companies. SkyNews reported that many of the 79,000 communist party branches the register exposes operate within western companies.
Companies of particular interest because of the CCP members who work for them and, in turn, pose a grave national security concern are Boeing and Qualcomm. Both companies are regularly awarded contracts by the Department of Defense and have a combined employee roster of 516 members of the CCP.
Other companies of interest are HSBC, Volkswagen, Hewlett-Packard, AstraZeneca, and Pfizer. Keep in mind, the two latter pharmaceutical companies were involved in producing coronavirus vaccines and employ a combined 100 members of the CCP.
Investigators looking into the register were able to cross-reference names and determine that many CCP members were able to gain senior positions at American, British and Australian consulates in Shanghai.
The register’s leak comes at a time when Axios reported last week that Chinese spy, Fang Fang, or Christine Fang, made her way into the California Democratic establishment, created intimate relationships with Midwest mayors and forged ties to Representative Eric Swalwell (D., Calif.).
Last week, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo spoke to students at the Georgia Institute of Technology, telling them that the CCP threatens freedoms on college campuses all across the United States and push censorship.
Pompeo said, "So many of our colleges are bought by Beijing. We see too often on American campuses that there is silence and censorship. It’s being driven by the Chinese Communist Party."