China is offering thousands of dollars to citizens who report foreign spies, according to the country’s state media.
The Beijing Municipal Bureau of State Security will pay any Chinese national who give them information on “foreign intelligence agencies and other hostile forces” committing subversion or espionage. “If you see something, report it anonymously and walk away with a cool half a million yuan ($72,382) reward,” the China Daily publicised.
According to the Daily Caller:
China asserts that Beijing, as the nation’s capital, is a main target for foreign spies, so to boost national security, citizens are being enlisted and put on the front lines of the counter-intelligence fight. The Beijing government is calling on the people to “‘build a Great Wall of iron and steel to keep out traitors and spies.”
The people of Beijing can call a hotline, send in letters, or personally report the information on foreign spies. Citizens will be paid in accordance with the quality of information they provide.
President Xi Jinping said in 2014 that foreign “hostile forces” are engaging in “infiltration and sabotage activities” in China.
This January, the Chinese military stated that spies are “a major security threat that we cannot afford to ignore.”
The Chinese government is notorious for spying on foreign governments and stealing secrets, including the details behind the American F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter last year.