China targets foreign spies and 'hostile forces' with new anti-espionage rules
April 27, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.
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A Chinese paramilitary policeman gestures on the promenade of the Bund along the Huangpu River in Shanghai on April 16, 2021. (Photo by Hector RETAMAL / AFP) (Photo by HECTOR RETAMAL/AFP via Getty Images)
China is stepping up anti-espionage activities amid worsening ties with the United States and a renewed focus on national security ahead of a key Communist Party anniversary later this year.
"It places emphasis on companies and institutions taking precautionary measures against foreign espionage," Li Wei, an expert on national security and anti-terrorism at the China Institute of Contemporary International Relations, told the state-run Global Times, adding: "cases of Chinese people working in various industries who were wooed by money or intimidated to engage in espionage activities and became pawns of foreign spy intelligence agencies are numerous. "
The new regulations come as the Communist Party prepares to commemorate its 100th anniversary on July 1 and after China marked the sixth National Security Education Day earlier this month, during which Party and government bodies held workshops on how to guard against foreign spying, while police in Hong Kong goose-stepped and handed out riot police teddy bears to encourage children to engage with national security.
While scant on details about Beijing's alleged espionage activities, the report warned the Communist Party "will continue its whole-of-government efforts to spread China's influence, undercut that of the United States, drive wedges between Washington and its allies and partners, and foster new international norms that favor the authoritarian Chinese system. "