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Beijing offers huge rewards for tip-off on foreign spies

Apr 10, 2017, 7:51 AM EDT
Near Wangfujing Street, Beijing, China
(Source: Alexander Mueller/flickr)

China, known for its strict surveillance and scrutiny of foreign bodies and agents, has introduced a new reward scheme in the capital Beijing, offering up to $72,000 to the residents for any intelligence on foreign spies. According to Beijing Daily, a Communist party broadsheet, the citizens in Beijing can submit tip-offs through a hotline launched last year or by post and can collect reward within 90 days in addition to seeking protection if need be.

A Chinese official said that the initiative aims to involve the masses against hostile forces that engage in infiltration, subversion, division, destruction and the theft of information in Beijing, writes The Guardian.

Although the threat of espionage could be real for a major world power like China, but drumming up domestic support by “raising the specter of hostile foreign forces” is a useful tactic that has been successfully employed by Beijing in the past, notes the BBC.