China has offered its citizens cash rewards of up to 100,000 yuan (Rs 11,64,386) as well as special certificates for giving information or tips regarding foreign spies or other breaches of national security. While rewards for tips like this have always existed, the new measures aim to standardize rewards and motivate the public at a time of intensifying “threats” from foreign intelligence agencies and other circles, according to a state media outlet.
According to the guard, citizens could receive “spiritual rewards”, in the form of certificates of appreciation, or “material rewards” in cash of up to more than 100,000 yuan, depending on the value of the tip.
They can submit their reports through a specialized website, hotline, by mail or even in person, the report said. The first person to report it qualifies for the reward, but that doesn’t disqualify others either.
According to to The Guardian,State security agencies would check the complaint to see if it is true and if it provides new information before deciding on the reward. But the security ministry also noted that it had a mechanism in place to prevent citizens from abusing the system by fabricating evidence and filing “malicious” complaints.
This new initiative comes against the backdrop of the Chinese government tightening its control over the country. China has seen growing dissension throughout its lockdowns, especially in Hong Kong, with citizens openly criticizing the government tightening its hold on the province.
Earlier this month, countries such as Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the UK and the United States joined the European Union to sound the alarm over the selection process of Hong Kong’s new leader, saying that they will be “an ongoing attack on political called pluralism”. and fundamental freedoms”.