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Chinese tech giants including Alibaba, Tencent, Xiaomi and Meituan-dianping have all set up their own Party organizations.
Beijing Lianhuo Information Service Co, which is affiliated with the cryptocurrency exchange platform Huobi Group, was the first firm in the cryptocurrency sector to establish a Party branch last year.
“Thus far we have 21 registered CPC members in our Beijing office,” Chen Qian, a representative of the Party branch told the Global Times over the weekend, noting there were only a few CPC members when the branch was set up.
“There are some employees who are CPC members but don’t have their Party membership registration here. As the branch becomes more appealing, more employees would like to transfer their membership registration to the branch,” said Chen.
For a high-tech company, joining the Party can enhance innovation in research and development and strengthen team solidarity, which is beneficial for the firm’s long-term sustainable development, according to Chen.
Chen noted that “more employees, especially young CPC members, are interested in Party-building work. We want this group of employees to play a model role in leading the whole team to carry on and meet challenges ahead.”
Shen, who is one of the first batch of Party members in Lianhuo, told the Global Times that Party-building activities have enlightened his career and daily life. “As a Party member, I have strong self-awareness that I need to be disciplined and strict with myself and play a model role,” Shen said.
“Besides this, I like to communicate with my colleagues about what big events are happening in the country,” he said, noting it is important to practice solidarity in thought.
Shen is planning to organize an outdoor activity which is focused on the “left-behind” children in the suburbs of Beijing. “Those children usually lack love and communication with the outside world, and we want to bring them some daily goods to express our sympathy,” he noted.
The 98-year-old CPC had 90.59 million members with 4.61 million Party branches as of the end of 2018, according to a report released at the end of June by the Organization Department of the CPC Central Committee.
Membership increased by 1.03 million compared with the number in 2017, while Party organizations increased by 39,000, data from the report showed.
According to Su, some private firms or foreign-invested companies usually feel suspicious or see internal Party building as unnecessary, but it has been proven that the Party plays a key role for a firm’s sustainable development.
“When the role is fully played, firms often find themselves dependent on such an organization and don’t want to be left behind.”