China has tightened laws since President Xi Jinping took power
The barmy scheme has been introduced in Beijing after a spy hotline was set up and warnings were issued over Chinese people forming romantic relationships with foreigners.
It is the latest in a string of national security measures as part of President Xi Jinping’s ongoing fight against “foreign forces” since he took office in 2012.
In a report on the reward scheme, the state-run Beijing Morning Post said: “The anti-spy work should involve the mobilisation of the masses in order to build a steel and iron Great Wall to defend against spies.”
Chinese media have warned citizens of foreign spies
The anti-spy work should involve the mobilisation of the masses in order to build a steel and iron Great Wall to defend against spies
Beijing Morning Post
The Chinese newspaper said officials had stepped up security measures over fears the nation was “opening up” because of increased travel by its citizens.
The report added: “Overseas spy agencies and other hostile forces have been stepping up efforts to politically penetrate and subvert China and they have been engaging on activities such as intelligence theft and instigating incitement.
“Some people, out of consideration for personal benefits, sell national interests to foreign spy agencies.”
The Beijing City National Security Bureau is offering citizens between £1,170 (10,000 yuan) to £58,000 (500,000 yuan) to catch spies.
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It comes after a new spy hotline was set up in China, as well as cartoon posters entitled ‘Dangerous Love’ which sprung up in the country warning citizens to be aware of dating foreigners who could be spies.
Guidelines to help people identify spies then appeared on Chinese social media, however it is unclear where the details originated.
They were shared widely on Chinese messaging app Wechat, saying potential spies are those with “vague job titles and a lot of money” and “those who bring up controversial topics at parties and then only observe the discussion”.
China has introduced a law which tightens laws over foreign non-profit organisations
The nation’s paranoia over foreign forces has been on the rise since Xi too power.
In January, China introduced a law which tightened laws over foreign non-profit organisations.
During China’s first National Security Education Day last year, authorities emblazoned walls with posters featuring a comic government employee who falls for a red-haired foreign academic who turns out to be a spy.