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Beijing Youth Daily Described Party Development Work in Private and Foreign Owned Companies

Beijing Youth Daily published an article on how Party organization development work is conducted in privately owned and foreign owned enterprises. The article listed a few privately owned enterprises that recently established Party organizations. They include Xiaomi, Inc., a privately owned Chinese electronics company headquartered in Beijing; Leshi Internet Information & Technology, also known as LeTV, which is a Chinese entertainment company and the largest online video company; and Tongchen Travel, a tourist company in Jiangsu Province. 

As to the structure and funding of the Party organizations, the article used Samsung Electronics in Suzhou, Jiangsu Province as an example. According to the article, in 2007, Samsung Electronics in Suzhou had its first Party branch office. In an interview with Beijing Youth Daily, the Party secretary of Samsung Electronics in Suzhou said that the strategy to build a Party organization in a foreign owned enterprise has always started with the Chinese manager who is in charge of the human resource department. In terms of the funding, the article said that, unlike privately owned enterprises, the foreign owned enterprise does not allocate funding to the Party organization. Therefore financing in Party branches within a foreign owned enterprise can be very tight. 
As to roles and responsibilities, the article pointed out that most of the Party officials of a privately owned enterprise have dual positions within the company. For example, they could be both the company CEO and the Party secretary. This enables the Party organization to get involved in the decision making process while still having separate Party meetings as Party members. The article also mentioned that the Party organizations use online websites and microblogs to post newsletters and activities or use video and teleconferencing to host meetings. Some of them are considering the development of applications to manage the Party membership. According to the article, among 2.9 million privately owned enterprises, 1.6 million of them have established Party organizations. The goal, according to the article, is to continue to “improve the Party organization development work at the grass roots level and continue to expand the Party’s coverage.” 

Source: Beijing Youth Daily, July 6, 2015