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Secret Document about Hiding Party Building in Overseas Offices

The Epoch Times obtained exclusive information from a secret document that the China National Petroleum Corporation (PetroChina) issued. The document addresses how the Chinese consulates have been playing active leadership roles in managing the development of the party in all of the company’s overseas offices. Petro China recently asked that all work of this type go underground.

Below is a translation of the notice:

Notice on Further Implementation of Requirements for Overseas Party Building.

With the recent U.S. and other western countries containment of the CCP, there have been incidents in Australia in which the Chinese personnel’s mobile phones, computers and other personal items were searched and taken away under the claim that they could contain materials about how to develop the CCP. The CCP has therefore asked the respective overseas agencies to destroy or transfer sensitive documents immediately. Based on the directives from senior management, a translation of the notice regarding the execution of the party’s development work in foreign offices is below.
1. Party cells in foreign offices are required to be active in their acceptance of the leadership of the party committee at the consulate, particularly for the Malaysia and Singapore offices in Southeast Asia and Saudi Arabia in the Middle East. They need to report their work to the consulate at least once a year. They also need to report major changes in contracts and personnel, and major events.
2. Foreign offices should sort out potential risks, study and develop emergency response plans, and establish emergency contact channels with the consulate and the company headquarters back in China. Offices in Australia and Canada must inform their consulate of their handling of urgent documents. Party members and cadres must strictly guard party secrets when a foreign country is doing an investigation of their work. This is an iron-clad rule.
3. The overseas party development work must be strictly safeguarded along with information about the party’s organizational structure, membership, member’s responsibilities, activities and internal documents. They must understand the distinction between internal and external information and must be flexible while maintaining confidentiality.
4. Overseas party cells need to plan party activities effectively based on the conditions in each situation. They should also establish flexible ways for the members to pay party membership fees and determine their meeting frequencies.
5. Overseas party cells should not publish their activities in social media including Weibo and Wechat. They should not publish talks and articles about party development work and shouldn’t accept media interviews. They should not transmit information that contains information about party membership, organizational structure and party development work using unsecure channels such as Wechat or email. They should not display the party flag, wear the party emblem, or have a bulletin board displaying party development work at their company location.
6. They must temporarily suspend the requirement for record keeping of overseas party development activities including performance assessments and inspections.
7. They must strengthen the management of highly confidential party development documents in their offices in countries such as the U.S., U.K, Australia, Canada and New Zealand. All the relevant electronic records stored in devices such as computers, cell phones, external hard drives, flash drives, and CDs must be deleted. Paper documents need to be destroyed. For any important records that can’t be destroyed, they must be sorted and stored in a safe place or turned over to their home office in China or the local consulate for storage.
8. All related personnel must delete PetroChina party development apps from their phones. A separate communication will be sent out in regard to the collection of the party membership fee.

Source: Epoch Times, August 14, 2020