Human security

Beijing buys ‘national security breach’ whistleblowers with cash rewards of $15,000 or more

Beijing says citizens who report violations of the national security law can earn a certificate of recognition or monetary reward ranging from 10,000 yuan (about $1,500) to more than 100,000 yuan (about $15,000), according to the value of the denunciation.

On June 6, the Ministry of State Security announced in an official document its new rules to reward people who report witnessing acts of “endangering national security”.

People can submit information by calling 12339, a designated hotline; on line; send a letter; or visit a state security agency, depending on the document.

A ministry official said the move was aimed at “cementing the local foundations” of China’s national security and tackling foreign intelligence activities.

However, the new rules do not provide a definition of “endangering national security,” which Chinese law enforcement can loosely interpret and use as a catch-all allegation to target activists and human rights defenders. man who demand fair treatment, criticize the policies of the Chinese Communist Party. (CCP) or accept interviews from foreign journalists.

The new rules came into effect on the day of their publication.

Chinese news commentator Tang Jingyuan told The Epoch Times that this move is essentially the same as the espionage campaigns used by the CCP and dates back to the time of the late party leader Mao Zedong who used this tool to purge his political opponents. and dissenters.

“The CCP used this tactic well,” Tang said. “Its goal is to prevent or dissolve all factors contributing to mass protests by fueling denunciations. It also creates an atomic interpersonal relationship characterized by fear and mutual distrust, which helps strengthen the power of the CCP.

The communist organization uses this method to shift the focus whenever it faces a critical internal crisis, Tang said.

Within the CCP, Tang noted, spy movements have become a brutal but effective tool of internal struggle. In CCP history, the number one “spy” it claimed to have revealed was former head of state, Liu Shaoqi, who died a miserable death after being removed from office and illegally isolated. and mistreated while in detention.

On June 8, just two days after Beijing implemented the new rules, Hong Kong police announced a similar reward system – for the first time in history – for disclosing terrorist or violent behavior. Anyone who spots an offender can receive up to HK$800,000 (about $101,915).

“The intention of the Hong Kong government is clear,” Chung Kim-wah, former deputy director general of the Hong Kong Public Opinion Research Institute, said in an interview with VOA. “It transforms the city into a society where people watch each other so that Hong Kongers are deterred from criticizing the government and the CCP as they used to do before.”

Luo Ya and Cheng Jing contributed to this report.

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Frank Yue is a Canadian Epoch Times reporter who covers China-related news. He also holds an MA in English Language and Literature from Tianjin University of Foreign Studies, China.