Because of the recently placed emphasis on United Front Work, Xinhua reported on the fact that the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) just had a National United Front Work Conference to discuss the Domestic Private Sector. Wang Yang, a member of the Standing Committee of the Political Bureau of the CCP Central Committee and the Group Leader of the Central United Front Work Leadership Group, attended the Conference. CCP General Secretary Xi Jinping delivered a written speech requiring the Party to strengthen the relationship with the domestic private sector companies and to “direct” them to stay “politically aware.” The targeted group includes business owners in Hong Kong and Macau. Taiwanese investors and other foreign investors were not mentioned. This is the first Communist Party official document describing the “United Front Work” strategy for the private sector in over 40 years. The strategy also mentioned the task of encouraging “politically sound” private business owners to join the Communist party.
(1) Xinhua, September 16, 2020
(2) RFI Chinese, September 16, 2020