Report: Almost 2 million CCP Members Hold Positions at British Consulates, Major UK, US Firms: Leaked Database

A recently leaked database has revealed that 1.95 million registered members of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) have been employed at universities, major corporations, and British consulates around the world.

Some members have been employees of U.S. aerospace manufacturer Boeing and pharmaceutical maker Pfizer.

The Inter-Parliamentary Alliance on China (IPAC), a global coalition of lawmakers, obtained the database from an unidentified Chinese dissident, then shared the material with four media organizations, according to a Dec. 12 report by British newspaper The Mail on Dec. 13, which obtained the list and reviewed it.

IPAC, in a statement on Nov. 13, said one of its representatives received the database from a “non-government source” and the coalition had experts verify the list.

“IPAC will push for governments and companies to respond, setting out how they intend to safeguard their values in the face of infiltration,” IPAC stated.

According to the outlet, the database contained names, dates of birth, and ethnicity, while some also had addresses and telephone numbers. The database was first leaked on the encrypted messaging app Telegram, after it was allegedly extracted in 2016 by people believed to be Chinese dissidents, from a Shanghai server.

Most of the CCP members in the database are from Shanghai.

The Mail found that major aerospace companies Airbus, Rolls-Royce, and Boeing have employed hundreds of CCP members. Additionally, Pfizer and British drugmaker AstraZeneca employed a total of 123 Party members. British automaker Jaguar Land Rover also employed CCP members.

The database also showed that over 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, where they were involved in sensitive research including aerospace engineering and chemistry, The Mail found.

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Most of the members in the database are from the country’s southeastern coastal metropolis of Shanghai.

New York-headquartered tech firm IBM has at least two dozen Party units with 808 members in China.

3M, a manufacturer of consumer and health care goods, including N95 respirators and other medical products critical to preventing COVID-19 spread, employs at least 230 CCP members within five Party units.

PepsiCo, the multinational snack and beverage company, has 45 employees listed under the company’s Party branch committee.

Dow Chemical Company, one of the world’s three largest chemical producers, lists 337 CCP members in four Party committees.

Other notable U.S. firms on the list include Westin Hotel & Resorts owned by Marriott International (23 members); analytics firm Nielsen Holdings (94); leading food company Mars Food (14); and insurance provider MetLife (31).

The U.S. companies and Party branches mentioned are by no means exhaustive. As of 2016, around 75,000 foreign businesses—accounting for over 70 percent of the roughly 106,000 foreign firms in China—have established Party units, according to state-run media People’s Daily.

The development of CCP units picked up pace from 2002, after Beijing’s top leadership “wrote the obligations of nonpublic firms’ Party organizations into the Party charter, providing evidence for the nonpublic firms’ Party organizations to host activities and play their roles,” according to Chinese media reports from 2002.

State media reported that the country currently has nearly 92 million CCP members. While the database represents only a small fraction of the total membership, it’s a key piece of the puzzle for uncovering the regime’s penetration of international companies, said Bill Gertz, national security correspondent for The Washington Times in an interview.

Early this month, the Trump administration imposed travel restrictions on CCP members and their immediate families, reducing the maximum duration of stay for those with B1/B2 visitor visas from 10 years to one month.

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Creating more Party units within companies in China has been one of the top priorities for the CCP’s Organization Department, a core Party organ that oversees staffing of government officials nationwide, according to Qi Yu, a former deputy head of the department.

Qi, who currently serves as the Party committee secretary at the Chinese foreign ministry, said at an October 2017 news conference in Beijing that the regime requires corporate Party organizations to “organically integrate Party activities with the firm’s production in order to support companies’ healthy development,” according to People’s Daily.

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Australia: Food Ministers Forum Rates Fresh Juice Lower Than Diet Cola

Pure Australian fruit juices—with no added sugar—will now be classified as less healthy than soft drinks after the Food Regulation Forum, comprising of State and Federal Government ministers, rejected a move to ensure fresh juice has a higher health rating than soft drinks.

In a move that Citrus Australia CEO Nathan Hancock said could cost orange growers $67 million, the majority of states and territories will now give fresh orange juice a Health Star Rating of 2.5 stars. In comparison, Diet Cola would be given 3.5 stars.

“It is a sad day not only for juice growers who already do it tough, and who now have a question mark over the long term viability of their industry as a result of the lost sales that will result from this decision,” Hancock said in a media statement.

Lawyer and public health researcher Alexandra Jones of George Institute for Global Health wrote on her Twitter that the Health Star Rating System is about promoting health whereas “last-minute lobbying to change scores was all about protecting profits”.

Jones said that the World Health Organization limits 100 percent juices due to a large amount of sugar in them.

“We have solid evidence that keeping intake of free sugars to less than 10 percent of total energy intake reduces the risk of overweight, obesity and tooth decay,” Francesco Branca, Director of WHO’s Department of Nutrition for Health and Development said.

While the NZ Dietary Guidelines (pdf) also list fruit juice as a “high sugar drink”, growers argue that it contains potassium, vitamin C and folate not found in fizzy drinks.

Hancock said he was gutted for his growers that produce fresh juice for the Australian population, only to be told diet coke is the better option.

“Despite evidence that fresh juice contains nutrients vital to physical and mental well-being, these governments have deferred to the anti-sugar lobby,” Hancock said.

Obesity experts in Canada have long contended that fruit juice should be excluded from diets because of the high sugar and calorie content they contain.

However, New York Times best-selling author and founder of the celery juice movement Anthony William said that fruit is demonised by what he terms “fruit fear” to describe the anxiety connected to lies that fruit is dangerous, harmful and should be avoided.

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Pepsi Retires Aunt Jemima Brand Due To “Racist Past”

Aunt Jemima survived 130 years: the Great Depression, two World Wars, the Civil Rights movement, Vietnam and 9/11. But the brand has finally been cast aside by Quaker Oats – which is owned by Pepsi – due to its “racist past” at the hands of today’s relentless cancel culture.

PepisCo’s packaged-foods unit said Wednesday it would remove imagery of the black woman from the Aunt Jemima brand’s pancake mixes, syrups and other products, and change its name. The company didn’t disclose the new name, but said packaging changes will appear throughout the fourth quarter.

The company told CNN: “As we work to make progress toward racial equality through several initiatives, we also must take a hard look at our portfolio of brands and ensure they reflect our values and meet our consumers’ expectations.”

The appearance of Aunt Jemima has changed over the years, the article notes. Its name is “based off the song ‘Old Aunt Jemima’ from a minstrel show performer and reportedly sung by slaves,” according to CNN. The logo was based on Nancy Green, who was a cook and missionary worker that NBC later disclosed had been born into slavery.

“We recognize Aunt Jemima’s origins are based on a racial stereotype. While work has been done over the years to update the brand in a manner intended to be appropriate and respectful, we realize those changes are not enough,” said Kristin Kroepfl, chief marketing officer at PepsiCo’s Quaker Foods North America business. The unit also sells Quaker Oats and Rice-A-Roni.

Despite its iconic history, there have been recurring calls to change the logo for years, with Cornell University professor Riché Richardson one of the latest voices to speak out against it in 2015. He called the logo “very much linked to Southern racism.”

He also said the logo was based on a “devoted and submissive servant who eagerly nurtured the children of her white master and mistress while neglecting her own.” In 2017, the husband of B. Smith called the logo the epitome of “female humiliation.”

But today the brand is just described by the company as standing for “warmth, nourishment and trust — qualities you’ll find in loving moms from diverse backgrounds who want the very best for their families.”

Gladys Knight was even a spokesperson for the brand in the 1990s, during such time the logo evolved. But that apparently is woefully insufficient in this day and age. Quaker Oats said: “While work has been done over the years to update the brand in a manner intended to be appropriate and respectful, we realize those changes are not enough.”

So it’s best to simply deleted over a century of history and pretend it never existed.

Additionally, the company announced that the Aunt Jemima brand will donate $5 million over the next five years “create meaningful, ongoing support and engagement in the Black community.”

As one user on social media pointed out, the lag time from satire to reality has sadly now become just 5 days.

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New research shows Coke has led efforts by US junk food companies to shape China’s obesity policy

Coca-Cola has spearheaded an effort by American junk food companies, including PepsiCo, Nestle and McDonald’s, to quietly shape China’s nutrition policy through a non-profit group called the International Life Sciences Institute, according to new research.

“Through a complex web of institutional, financial, and personal links, Coke has been able to influence China’s health policies,” Harvard Professor Susan Greenhalgh said in a report published Wednesday in the BMJ and Journal of Public Health Policy. “The company has cleverly maneuvered itself into a position of behind-the-scenes power that ensures that government policy to fight the growing obesity epidemic does not undermine its interests.”

While the U.S. and much of Europe has been emphasizing healthier eating by cutting back on soda and unhealthy snacks to fight the global obesity epidemic, multinational junk food companies have targeted rapidly developing countries like China to prop up sales.

The companies have been working in China since the the late 1990s at encouraging exercise, instead of eating healthier, to curb the country’s growing obesity problem, Greenhalgh found. The New York Times first reported the findings.

The institute was founded by a Coke executive in Washington, D.C. four decades ago and now has 17 international branches, including one in China that is housed within the Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention, according to the research findings.

Those close government ties seem to be paying off. While Chinese public initiatives usually promote exercise, they rarely acknowledge the role of diet in losing weight and improving health.

“Presenting itself as an advocate of ‘healthy active lifestyles,’ Coke promoted the message that all foods and drinks are part of a healthy diet; to avoid obesity, what matters is how much you move,” Greehalgh found. “And it maintained that there were health benefits to the ingredients of sugar sweetened carbonated beverages.”

One government campaign cited in Greenhalgh’s research called Happy 10 Minutes encourages children to exercise for 10 minutes every day — without mentioning cutting back on junk food or sugary drinks.

Coke spokeswoman Ann Moore said in a statement that company supports current recommendations by the World Health Organization and other health authorities to limit intake of added sugar.

“We recognize that too much sugar isn’t good for anyone,” Moore said, adding that the company has listened to prior criticism to understand its role in the fight against obesity.

She said Coke decided in 2017 to stopped providing 100 percent of the funding for any research related to well-being, either directly or through a trade group.

“We support research efforts by independent and respected research institutions and universities,” she said. “Under our guidelines, we will provide financial support for such research only if a non-Coca-Cola entity funds at least 50 percent of the cost.”

In a statement, the institute’s spokeswoman Kristin DiNicolantonio said that the group does not lobby, conduct lobbying activities or make policy recommendations.

“Because of its unique public-private structure, ILSI fills knowledge gaps and serves society in ways that any one entity on its own cannot,” spokeswoman Kristin DiNicolantonio said in a statement.

The institute’s statement also noted that the group requires that at least three companies fund a project to avoid a single business dominating the agenda and that many experts named in Greenhalgh’s report are no longer employed or affiliated with the organization.

Pepsi, McDonald’s and Nestle did not respond to requests for comment from CNBC.

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