China’s largest smartphone maker Xiaomi sets up Communist Party committee

The company is the latest of several big non-state-run firms, including Baidu and Sina, to establish such a group

PUBLISHED : Monday, 29 June, 2015, 9:30am
UPDATED : Monday, 29 June, 2015, 9:22pm

A Communist Party committee has been set up in China’s largest smartphone maker Xiaomi, according to the Beijing Haidian district government website on Friday.

The committee was established on June 19 at the Xiaomi headquarters in Beijing’s Haidian district, and the event was attended by officials from both Beijing municipal and Haidian district governments. Xiaomi chief executive Lei Jun gave a speech during the event, the website said.

Xiaomi, a privately owned company, has more than 8,000 employees, 104 of them Communist Party members, the Beijing Youth Daily reported.

It is common practice for state-owned enterprises to have party committees, but big non-state-run companies like search giant Baidu and online media firm Sina have also set up party committees in recent years.

An official from the Beijing municipal government’s party committee told the newspaper that party organs at non-state-run firms served as the party’s fortress and political core for employees.

Xiaomi’s Communist Party committee was initiated by the party committees of the Beijing municipal and Haidian district governments.

Xiao Mi was founded by Lei in 2010 and has since become China’s largest smartphone maker. Lei, who is often referred to as the Steve Jobs of China, has been a representative of the country’s legislative body, the National People’s Congress, since 2013.