It seems that China is not having a great 2016 so far. China suffered massive air pollution in which its citizens needed to purchase $14 bottles of clean air from Canada just to breathe. Their water supply is not doing so well either as 80 percent of water tested is polluted and unfit to drink. K-drama, Descendants of the Sun, was so popular in China it disrupted the lives of Chinese K-drama fans. Finally, North Korea has become a vital threat to them after they successfully tested their nuclear capabilities which include a hydrogen bomb forcing China to deploy troops to their border with North Korea.
There is a lot more China has to deal with, but it seems their latest threat are spies. It is now being reported the country is warning their women that handsome foreign men can be spies. They are doing such through comic posters titled Dangerous Love.
Dangerous Love comic posters being posted up to warn Chinese women about handsome foreign men being spies marked the first National Security Education Day, as reported by USA Today. The comic posters’ story is about Xiao Li, a young government worker, and David, a red-haired “academic.” They meet at a dinner party and soon, David begins to woo Li with gifts and flowers, sweeping her off her feet with romance. Eventually, David coerces Li to give him a notebook with internal government memos to help with his “academic work” while having a romantic Western dinner. Unfortunately for Li, the police catch David and her in the act. While in the interrogation room, Xiao Li is handcuffed and crying while the interrogating police officer says this final line.
“You are a state employee, yet your ability to keep secrets is concerning. You are suspected of violating our nation’s laws.”
The comic posters have appeared on the local grounds of government public bulletin boards. According to ABC News, they are mainly targeted at rank-and-file state employees. A representative for the Beijing district government provided a statement saying that the posters will educate its employees about keeping classified information confidential and about reporting to stage security agencies if they witness any peculiar activity that border spying. They also said they will teach their employees counter espionage as well.
Apparently, the comic posters do serve a purpose as China is expected to receive an influx of foreigners through their attempts to attract foreign talent by offering “green cards” to people who have the skills in areas the country wants to develop. This can include business, entertainment, and even sports. As a matter of fact, China gave a residence permit to former New York Knicks player Stephon Marbury.
It should also be noted that China is taking aggressive action towards espionage too. On Tuesday, April 19, Huang Yu, a former state employee, was sentenced to death for stealing state secrets and selling them to an unspecified “foreign” intelligence service. His wife and brother-in-law also received sentences ranging from three to five years in prison for assisting him.
Chinese authorities are also holding Sandy Phan-Gillis, a businesswoman from the United States, for a year. So far, Phan-Gillis has not been formally charged, but she is being held in Beijing on suspicion of spying and stealing state secrets. All the allegations pressed on Sandy Phan-Gillis have been denied by her family.
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