The Chinese government has just introduced a new regulation, encouraging the public to report acts that “endanger national security.” Experts have offered much analysis on the reasons behind the new regulation.

China’s State Security Ministry published a regulation on June 6 entitled: “Measures to reward citizens for reporting behavior that endangers national security” (referred to as “Measures”) will take effect on the date of issue.

Legal Daily said “Measures” has five chapters and 24 articles. It accords with the “National Security Law of the People’s Republic of China,” the “Anti-Spying Law of the People’s Republic of China,” and other implementing rules and regulations.

The “Measures” encourage mainlanders to report acts “endangering national security.” The report must be fully detailed and contain clues and specific circumstances. Reports that meet the requirements of the Chinese regime will be rewarded. The rewards are divided into four levels with bonuses ranging from $1,500 (10,000 CNY) to $15,000 (100,000 CNY).

Chinese-language media Da Ji Yuan also said that, in 2017, Beijing’s National Security Bureau implemented a “Reward for citizens who report espionage.” The whistleblower can receive a reward of up to $74,700 (500,000 CNY).

So what caused the Chinese regime to issue “Measures”?

Legal Daily quoted the minister’s reply saying that the CCP issued the above “Measures” when faced with a serious and complicated situation, “especially infiltration and theft activities by agencies and organizations.”

The CCP says that “Measures” are used to combat hostile forces.

However, experts have a different opinion.

Li Zhengxiu 李正修, Senior Assistant Researcher of the National Foundation for Policy Research (Taiwan), told Chinese-language media Da Ji Yuan that the CCP uses the above method to maintain stability. However, it’s primarily aimed at officials, as they are afraid they will reveal confidential information.

Citizens are encouraged to proactively expose officials’ illegal behavior to the regime so that officials are vigilant.

However, Li believes that the CCP is unlikely to achieve the desired results. The reason is that ordinary people can’t usually be in contact with the officials.

He also said, “The top task of the CCP is to deter officials and not to leak state secrets to the outside world, which will embarrass Xi Jinping.”

Another opinion comes from Wu Te 吴特, an independent commentator in mainland China. Wu said that the new national security regulation also targets people outside the Mainland. Because the CCP wants to capture overseas forces outside the Mainland that use Chinese to post information that exposes the CCP’s secrets as when posting, the IP of the overseas force will be displayed.

Wu said, “With the development of the crisis inside and outside the CCP’s rule, discontent on the Internet is increasing, and it has become a bit overwhelming and indelible.” Therefore, the CCP needs to expand the scope of the hunt and encourage the “Little Pink” to report those who post online.

(“Little pink” refers to young Chinese social media users with blind patriotic feelings.)

Wu Te said that the regulations encourage the entire population to hunt down dissidents.

In fact, due to the impact of regulations that encourage people to report, Mainland China has had many bad cases in recent years.

Last December, a student denounced Song Gengyi, a female teacher at Shanghai Aurora Vocational College. The reason was that Song questioned the Nanjing Massacre’s death toll data in her class.

The student recorded a video to denounce his teacher.

As a result, Song Gengyi was expelled from the school.

In August 2019, students reported Zheng Wenfeng 郑文锋, a professor at the University of Electronic Science and Technology of China.

VOA Chinese reports Zheng Wenfeng told students when he taught an innovation course in June 2019, “There was no significant innovation in ancient China,” “It’s already 2019 then, don’t always gravitate toward a sense of superiority created by ancestors. The Four Great Inventions are not world-class, nor have they produced actual productivity.”

As a result, Zheng was suspended from work for two years.

In May 2018, students denounced Zhai Juhong 翟桔红, a former associate professor at the School of Public Administration at Zhongnan University of Economics and Law. The reason was that he criticized Xi Jinping’s constitutional amendment in class.

Finally, Zhai was suspended and had his teaching degree revoked.

Chinese-language media Da Ji Yuan said the CCP had made such petty spies the spokesperson for the CCP’s thinking model. As a result, the CCP’s persecution of the Mainland people has become even more severe. And the Mainland people also formed a culture of denouncing each other.

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