CCP Plays Significant Role in Multiple Transnational Crimes: Report

The Chinese communist regime plays a significant role in several types of transnational crimes, according to a report by a Washington-based think tank.

The Global Financial Integrity report highlighted issues of forced labor and intellectual property infringement.

The regime itself engages in criminal activities, says the report (pdf) titled “China’s Role in Transnational Crime and Illicit Financial Flows,” released in October.

He also examined the CCP’s role in drug trafficking, intellectual property counterfeiting and theft, human trafficking, and wildlife trafficking.

“China is a major source, transit and destination for narcotics trafficking, with the annual value of the national ‘drug industry’ estimated at $82 billion,” the report said.

He cited data from the Global Slavery Index (GSI) on human trafficking. GSI estimated that in 2016 there were more than 3.8 million victims of modern slavery in China. Comparing this data with the International Labor Organization’s average annual profit of $5,000 per victim in the Asia-Pacific region, Global Financial Integrity concluded that the value of human trafficking in China reached $19 billion. .

“China experiences high levels of human trafficking with the presence of both forced labor and forced sexual exploitation. Sexual exploitation most often involves forced prostitution, forced marriage and online sexual exploitation. Forced labor by state and non-state actors is most commonly used in the manufacturing, construction, fishing and agricultural sectors,” the report states.

He also singled out China as a “preeminent” player in counterfeit and pirated goods.

The United States Chamber of Commerce has estimated (pdf) that 86% of counterfeit goods in international trade originate from mainland China and Hong Kong, worth nearly $438 billion when applied to the most recent estimate of international trade.

Regarding wildlife trafficking, the report cites a 2017 official paper from the Chinese Academy of Engineering, which estimates the value of the legal domestic wildlife trade at $74 billion. In other words, China represents more than 62% of the world market.

“This makes China the largest player in the legal and illegal wildlife trade,” the report said.

Global Financial Integrity pointed out that the Chinese regime not only condones these crimes, but also actively engages in certain types of criminal activities.

“The People’s Republic of China (PRC or China) plays an extremely important role as a country of origin, transit and/or demand in many of the most widespread and serious transnational crimes. The country is unique in that the government itself engages in certain types of criminal activity, particularly forced labor and violations of intellectual property (IP) rights. In addition, the political, economic and social policies of the country have a significant impact on the presence and prevalence of these crimes, both nationally and internationally. Furthermore, the country’s willingness to cooperate and act against these crimes in the global context has been relatively limited,” he said.

Addiction to labor camps

Political activists as well as members of religious groups are targeted by the Chinese communist regime to perform forced labor “in the context of detention”, according to the report.

Yin Liping holds a picture of the Masanjia Forced Labor Camp as she testifies before the Congressional Executive Commission on China hearing titled ‘The Widespread Use of Torture in China’ in Washington on April 14, 2016. Yin is a Falun Gong practitioner who survived torture, forced labor and sexual violence at Masanjia and other forced labor camps in China. (Lisa Fan/The Epoch Times)

Although the CCP claimed at its 2013 national congress that it had ended the labor re-education system and closed most of its sites, forced labor continues secretly, with existing facilities changing their names to drug rehabilitation centers. or administrative detention centres.

Channing Mavrellis, director of illicit trade at Global Financial Integrity and author of the report, told The Epoch Times that the Chinese communist regime derives two benefits from forced labor: First, it’s “how they see the best way to respond to dissidents.” ; and second, it provides free or low-cost labor.

According to, a US-based website that documents the persecution of the spiritual group Falun Gong in China, before the persecution began, prisons and forced labor camps across China were mostly underfunded. . Many were on the verge of bankruptcy, with dilapidated facilities.

After former Chinese dictator Jiang Zemin launched the persecution of Falun Gong in 1999, the CCP pumped huge sums of money into prisons and so-called re-education through labor camps, allowing them to imprison a large number of Falun Gong practitioners. The regime then fully guaranteed prison funding and exempted prisons from corporation tax and property tax. These prison companies took advantage of the preferential policy and used land, factories, facilities and slave laborers who receive no remuneration for their labor, to engage in manufacturing and trade.

IP theft

The CCP also acts as a state criminal when it comes to intellectual property theft. The National Bureau of Asian Research, a US think tank, estimates that China is responsible for 50-80% of international intellectual property theft worldwide. The Global Financial Integrity report points out that the majority of intellectual property theft is sanctioned by the Chinese regime.

Citing the Chicago Tribune, the Global Financial Integrity report said the regime not only relies on spies to engage in commercial espionage, but also encourages and rewards Chinese citizens who study and work abroad to steal. of technology.

The Chicago Tribune report details the intellectual property theft lawsuit involving two Chinese nationals working for Apple Inc. These two former Apple employees have been indicted in the United States for allegedly stealing intellectual property related to the self-driving car program, including photos, diagrams and manuals. . The two people were applying for positions at Chinese companies involved in the development of self-driving cars.

Jenny Li


Jenny Li has contributed to The Epoch Times since 2010. She has reported on Chinese politics, economics, human rights issues, and US-China relations. She has extensively interviewed Chinese scholars, economists, lawyers and rights activists in China and abroad.

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