China announces measures to stop foreign spies

The Chinese intelligence service has put in place numerous measures to counter the intrusion of “hostile forces” into its companies and organizations.

The Chinese intelligence service has just introduced many measures to counteract the entry of "hostile forces" into its companies and organizations, the New China News Agency said.

The new regulation allows the Chinese security services to list foreign-prone companies and organizations and require them to take security measures, Tan Hoa Xa quoted a senior Guoanbu official on April 26.

"Foreign intelligence and espionage services as well as hostile forces are tending to infiltrate China and then steal secrets in various ways and in many areas. This seriously threatens the security and national interests of China” - according to Tan Hoa Xa.

Chinese President Tap Can Binh. Photo: REUTERS

The Guoanbu played a central role in this “war,” the most visible evidence of which was the detention of two Canadian citizens, former diplomat Michael Kovrig and businessman Michael Spavor, who were awaiting judgment following trials on espionage charges.

The Global Times on April 26 quoted an anonymous official in charge of foreign affairs of a state-owned enterprise based in Beijing as saying that state-owned enterprises are stepping up surveillance of employees who have been on overseas business since 2019.

“Employees who have traveled abroad, such as the Pentagon coalition (US, UK, Australia, Canada and New Zealand), are required to specifically report destinations, work programs and meetings with expatriate employees. In addition, applications (foreign affairs) must be approved by the superior before being sent to the review board ” - the anonymous official revealed.

Prior to departure, the business must intensify its staff's propaganda on counter-espionage activities through seminars and short films - screenings of foreign intelligence cases.

Employees who “work in sensitive areas or hold important documents” must leave electronic devices such as phones, laptops, and USB sticks at home before going out.

“With business trips to countries classified as high-risk for espionage, we will consider the urgency of the trip and will advise employees not to leave if not needed,” the official added.

The new regulation does not specify the name of the particular industry or company that is on the list of vulnerability to espionage, but the list will be based on the level of security it involves, the level of foreign intervention, and whether or not there has been a national security incident, according to the Global Times.

In order to carry out anti-espionage tasks and eliminate the potential risk of espionage from abroad, the regulation also allows national security agencies to access the buildings, internal documents, electronic equipment and information systems of the company concerned.

The Chinese national security service will make further efforts to “organize and mobilize all social forces to jointly prevent and refrain from espionage activities and acts that harm national security, thereby strengthening the security shield,” according to the Chinese Communist Party.

The new regulation comes amid growing tensions between China and Western countries, as well as Washington seeking to reduce Beijing's economic and security influence.

Source: Law Newspaper

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