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China offers citizens information that "endangers national security"

China offers citizens information that "endangers national security"

China is offering its citizens cash rewards of more than 100,000 yuan ($ 15,000) for information about people at risk of national security as authorities intensify a multi-year campaign to eliminate what they see as growing threats from foreign espionage and " hostile forces ”.

Cash rewards are classified into four levels based on the value of the information.

For years, Chinese authorities have encouraged citizens to report on foreign spies and their Chinese collaborators through propaganda and incitement campaigns - efforts that have stepped up the pace under the leadership of Xi Jinping.