China Launches New Online Platform to Report Spies

By That's, April 16, 2018

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Ever been in a situation where you wanted to report espionage cases to the Chinese government with just the click of a button? Well now there's a site for that!

The Ministry of State Security has just launched a new online platform that lets people easily clue China in to national security threats. Fire up your browser and head over to 12339.gov.cn to tip the authorities off to suspicious activity. That can include...

  • "Colluding with foreign countries"

  • "Organizing, plotting or committing activities to dismember the state"

  • "Stealing, secretly gathering, buying or unlawfully providing state secrets or intelligence for overseas institutions"

  • ... and more (click here for the full guidelines)

There's even an English-language section. It's so easy, a laowai could use it!

China Launches New Online Platform to Report Spies

Fingers crossed the A-P-P version rolls out soon.

If advanced desktop technology isn't really your thing, then you can always call their hotline (12339) to report threats directly to a customer service representative. In Beijing alone, over 5,000 cases have been reported over the hotline in the last year. Guess all those cartoons have had an impact. (No doubt the promise of cash rewards has also played a part).

And hey, all that spy reporting might just pay off. Just ask the Beijing taxi driver who was recently awarded an undisclosed sum for the hot lead on a group of foreigners handling suspicious equipment near a restricted military area. 

But oh, behave! And whatever you do, do not abuse the hotline or website. Beijing Youth Daily reports that one man was recently sentenced to 15 days in administrative detention after repeatedly dialing in to insult hotline reps. You've been warned.

[h/t @chubailiang, @qizhai]

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