Suspect that someone you know in Beijing is a foreign agent? Well you can now turn them in for a big reward!
In its continuing crackdown against nefarious “foreign forces,” China is once again looking to its citizens for help. The Beijing department of China’s National Security Bureau is offering rewards of between 10,000 to 500,000 yuan for help in unmasking foreign spies, the more important the intelligence, the bigger the reward.
According to state media, you should be on the look out for individuals engaging in activities that harm China’s national security and interests, or those that look to foment rebellion or steal state secrets. You can even get bonus rewards for discovering espionage equipment.
The notice does caution however that those who try to turn in their enemies without evidence will be held accountable — though if false accusations are made in good faith then there will be no punishment.
China’s capital city is a prime target for foreign agents, the notice notes. Which is why it’s necessary to “mobilize the people” to help build a “Great Wall of steel against spies.”
Back in 2015, China set up a national hotline so that citizens could easily report foreign agents. To help its people identify a foreign spy, authorities issued a handy list of suspicious traits to look out for, including: “People who regularly visit certain places to exchange good or documents.”
Then, last April, Beijing’s state security launched a campaign to warn susceptible Chinese women to be wary when dating foreign men, in case they should turn out to be spies.
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