Our good friend Yang Rui will probably not like to hear this but a draft guideline being proposed by the State Council that will seek the OK for foreigners to legally work in posts involving China’s state secrets. They will, however, first have to be approved by central or local government agencies. From China Daily:
According to the implementation guideline of China’s Law on Guarding State Secrets, agencies seeking to employ foreigners in posts involving second- or third-level state secrets should seek approval from the central government or provincial and municipal governments.
The law divides the types of state secrets into three levels according to the importance of the information. The draft did not mention if foreigners could get approval to work on jobs regarding top-secret projects.
The legislative affairs office of the State Council issued the draft on Tuesday to guide implementation of the law, which was last revised in 2010.
The draft is now open for public opinion.
It specifies that people who use illicit drugs or are addicted to alcohol or gambling should not be employed in posts involving state secrets.
Besides outlining the qualifications and requirements of people working on such posts, the draft also goes into detail about what situations “damage safety and the interests of state politics, economy, national defense and foreign affairs after leakage” in the law.