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Website targets foreign spies

China | Apr 17, 2018
China has stepped up its campaign against foreign espionage with a website in Putonghua and English, encouraging people to report national security threats such as bids to "overthrow the socialist system."

The website, www.12339.gov.cn, launched by the Ministry of National Security, also urges anyone to report bids by Chinese nationals or foreigners to bribe state or military officials, instigate armed riots or ethnic separatism.

Potential problematic behavior also includes foreigners meeting "any person within China who has conducted activities endangering state security or is strongly suspected of doing so" - raising concerns on any interaction with dissidents.

Informants will be rewarded for discovering spy equipment or for tip-offs on anyone suspected of buying or selling state secrets, said the website, which allows users to file complaints in Chinese and English.

The Beijing City National Security Bureau was offering 10,000 yuan (HK$12,490) to 500,000 yuan for information on spies, the official Beijing Daily reported.

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