70 percent of foreign firms in China have Party units: official

A view of the main venue for the opening ceremony of Shanghai Disney Resort in Shanghai, June 13, 2016. Photo: Xinhua

Some 75,000 foreign companies doing business in China have established Party organizations as of the end of 2016, accounting for about 70 percent of foreign firms in the country, a Communist Party of China (CPC) official said.

Qi Yu, deputy head of the Organization Department of the CPC Central Committee, released the statistics at a press conference on Thursday on the sidelines of the 19th National Congress of the CPC.

"Since the 18th National Congress of the CPC, we have strengthened the efforts to establish Party organizations and conduct Party building activities in enterprises," said Qi.

"Establishing Party organizations in enterprises has long been a key task. As of now, the vast majority of the state-owned enterprises, most of private enterprises including foreign-funded companies have set up Party organizations," said Qi.

The CPC official also said that the establishment of Party organizations in enterprises is in accordance with the law and is beneficial to the enterprises' production and operation.

In 2011, the Organization Department of the CPC Central Committee issued statistics, which showed that 983,000 private enterprises in China including 47,000 foreign firms had Party organizations.

Ahead of the 19th National Congress of the CPC, the Financial Times ran a story noting that an increasing number of companies in China have realized the importance of establishing Party organizations, with Li Chengchun, Party secretary of Samsung Electronics Suzhou Semiconductor Co, enjoying the opportunity to attend the 19th Party Congress.

"In practice, we ask enterprises' Party organizations to combine Party's activities with the companies' production and operation ... this is well recognized by many joint venture companies and foreign-funded companies," said Qi.

Qi also said that Party organizations could help foreign companies operating in China to better understand Chinese policies and ease tensions between employers and employees.

Previously, media reports said that Party members had served in nearly all departments of Shanghai Disney Resort. Murray King, Shanghai Disney Resort's vice president of public affairs, said that Party organization was very important to the successful operation of the company's projects, according to media reports. "Although we did not set specific requirements in the recruitment advertisements, the fact showed that the excellent employees were always Party members," said King.

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