Cartoon Encourages Chinese Children to Report Spies

By That's PRD, November 10, 2017

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Primary school students in China are being tasked with keeping an eye out for espionage and given a hotline to call if they see anything suspicious. 

The effort is being promoted via slickly produced official cartoons aimed at educating children about national security, according to the South China Morning Post

According to the Post, the Chinese-language video is part of an October-launched ‘safety education pilot scheme’ that sees students and parents view the cartoon at home before an online quiz, with schools in Beijing, Shenzhen and Guangzhou taking part. 

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"Spies are the stuff of TV," the father says before having his lax attitude righted

The video depicts a naive father preparing to send sensitive military pictures to an ‘overseas magazine,’ before being stopped by a grandfather welding a newspaper-borne warning. 

The storyline appears to mirror the 2015 jailing of two Chinese men for selling detailed photos of China's aircraft carrier. 

An officIal notice said the new video was part of China's National Security Law, according to the Post.

This isn’t the first time cartoons have been used in recent years in an effort to protect state security. In April 2016, a comic pasted in Beijing residential areas warned against dating foreigners who steal both hearts and state secrets

The new video ends with a hotline to report suspicious actvity that could endanger national security.

Watch it below (VPN off):

[Images via QQ Video]

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