It means that from now on, anyone in China can transmit information to the authorities about threats to national security or cases of access by foreign special services or other persons to information that the country considers a state secret, according to Andrey Karneev, deputy head of the Institute of Asia and Africa at Moscow State University.
In his interview with Sputnik China, he said that "the information, including facts about foreign spies bribing public servants, can be transmitted through a telephone hotline, by mail or in person by visiting an office of the Chinese Ministry of State Security."
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Karneev quoted the Ministry's regulations as saying that "with China's policy of reforms and openness under way, foreign intelligence and other hostile forces gained more opportunities for espionage and subversive activity."
"The scale of such activities is constantly expanding, with the forms becoming more diverse, the methods — more secretive and the actions – more outrageous; the capital Beijing has become the main target of foreign spies," according to the document.
Karneev also cited experts as saying that Beijing's decision to pay citizens for foreign spying-related information indicates China's drive to turn to ordinary citizens in a bid to contain foreign intelligence activity.
In this vein, analysts point to the fact that the Chinese State Security Ministry's regulations came shortly after the arrest in the US of a State Department employee accused of developing contacts with Chinese intelligence services.
"As for the regulations, they could mean a new round of espionage war between the two countries," Karneev quoted the analysts as saying.
In the past few years, Chinese authorities have made more efforts to counter intelligence activities than in the past.
Additionally, in order to grapple with foreign intelligence services, the Chinese State Security Ministry is turning to the mass media to adjust public opinion by releasing information about high profile espionage cases.
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