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China Seeks to Mobilize Entire Population for Foreign and Domestic Spying, Spy Chief Admits

China Seeks to Mobilize Entire Population for Foreign and Domestic Spying, Spy Chief Admits

Chinese regime must “create system that makes it “normal” for the masses to participate in counter-espionage,” Reuters reports citing state-security czar Chen Yixin. 

Beijing plans to mobilize the country’s entire population for its foreign and domestic spying operations, an article written by a senior Chinese Communist Party (CCP) official suggests.

The mass-mobilization of China’s 1.4 billion citizens can be used against domestic threats or rival nations, particularly the U.S., China’s state-security czar Chen Yixin declared Tuesday. Chinese regime must “create [a] system that makes it ‘normal’ for the masses to participate in counter-espionage,” Reuters reported citing an article by Yixin, who is widely seen as Chinese leader Xi Jinping’s protégé.

The revealing admission was made in an article posted by the spy chief on his account on the Chinese social media platform WeChat. Yixin’s words carry substantial weight inside the Chinese communist power structure. He is one of the most powerful figures in the CCP. The 64-year-old communist apparatchik is expected to succeed Xi Jinping as the country’s next leader, media reports suggest.

Reuters reported the Chinese security czar’s remarks:

China should encourage its citizens to join counter-espionage work, including creating channels for individuals to report suspicious activity as well as commending and rewarding them, the state security ministry said on Tuesday.

A system that makes it “normal” for the masses to participate in counter-espionage must be established, wrote the Ministry of State Security, the main agency overlooking foreign intelligence and anti-spying, in its first post on its WeChat account, which went live on Monday.

The call to popularise anti-spying work among the masses follows an expansion of China’s counter-espionage law that took effect in July.

The law, which bans the transfer of information related to national security and interests which it does not specify, has alarmed the United States, saying foreign companies in China could be punished for regular business activities.

The revised law allows authorities carrying out an anti-espionage probe to gain access to data, electronic equipment, and information on personal property.

Political security is the top priority of national security, and the “core” of political security is the security of China’s political system, Minister of State Security Chen Yixin wrote in an article in a Chinese legal magazine in July.

“The most fundamental is to safeguard the leadership and ruling position of the Communist Party of China and the socialist system with Chinese characteristics,” Chen said.

It is worth noting that the term ‘state-security’ in communist-run systems is an euphemism for foreign and domestic spying. The Soviet KGB (Committee for State Security) and the East German Stasi (Ministry for State Security) were both so-called state-security agencies.

Yixin: Xi’s likely successor sees China at ‘war’ with the U.S.

Yixin, who in the near future could succeed 70-year-old Xi Jinping, sees China in an existential struggle with America. In early 2021, he declared that China was in “a protracted war” with the U.S. but was confident of a final Chinese Communist victory, claiming that the “changes of the international landscape are in our favor.”

The push to weaponize Chinese nationals comes at a time when Beijing seeks to penetrate U.S. universities and corporations in search of strategic and industrial intelligence. The CCP deploys Chinese students to modernize its military capabilities, a report published in December 2021 by the DC-based think tank Foundation for Defense of Democracies (FDD) revealed.

“Beijing has openly exploited the expertise of Chinese students and scholars studying or conducting research in the United States to accelerate China’s economic and military modernization,” the FDD study found. “Beijing’s efforts include sponsoring promising Chinese students and scholars in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) fields at U.S. and foreign universities, with the understanding that these individuals will return home to provide the technology and talent Beijing needs to compete with the United States.”

Beijing’s instrumentalizing of Chinese people, especially those traveling abroad, poses a serious threat to U.S. national security. In years leading up to the Wuhan pandemic, more than 150 million mainland Chinese traveled abroad each year. Out of which, nearly 3 million were headed to the United States. Those numbers are expected to return to the pre-pandemic levels, trends show. These statistics do not include Chinese nationals illegally entering the U.S. from the southern border.


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So now “Stop Asian Hate” takes on a deeper level of toxic Democrat patina.

The headline of the article made me think of old East Germany before I read the whole thing. China is well ahead on this as it owns the joke in the WH and much of academia. Xi’s activities lately have come across as shoring up his hold on the Communist Party. If Xi can’t drive his economy back to full recovery his way pre Covid then being a good communist, he will engage the public in a national mission like our “2 weeks to flatten the curve” but his will be to encourage counter insurgency. Also, Xi is hedging his bet that if this effort does not engage his people enough, then he will up the heat on Taiwan. Two efforts going on now are buying up gold and oil to keep in strategic reserve. An attack on Taiwan would focus his people on that since it will draw US into the conflict..

China has 1.4 million citizens? That one-child program must really be working.

I can tell you that Chinese “students,” both graduate and undergraduate, have been spying in research facilities for many decades.

They are prepping their population for war, while we “gender affirm” our children and young adults into confused future serfs.

    The Gentle Grizzly in reply to Dimsdale. | August 2, 2023 at 6:31 pm

    If it were within Presidential powers, President T G Grizzly would revoke every one of their visas, including teaching assistants, or any other instructor.

    Ninety-six hours to settle your affairs, pack, and be on a flight home.

      Lucifer Morningstar in reply to The Gentle Grizzly. | August 2, 2023 at 7:32 pm

      Ninety-six hours? Eff that. Put them on the first available transport out of the country then confiscate any and all assets left behind for the benefit of the United States. If the CCP leadership considers them to be spies then they should be treated as such and immediately expelled from the country. No exceptions.

      You have my vote!

Richard Aubrey | August 2, 2023 at 10:15 pm

On the domestic side; two hundred million folks are going to be applying on the neighbors. Who’s going to read all those reports?

Well our blue state governors beat him by 3 years.

BierceAmbrose | August 2, 2023 at 11:21 pm

Does this make them totalitarians, fascists, or Marxists with Chinese characteristics? Or is that a distinction without a difference?

Seems a bit desperate on China’s part. They’ve been doing this for decades but only now, that China is having domestic difficulties, is it flushed into the open.

We should certainly be on our guard and the battles may intensify, but the battles may be more on our terms now.

So we should no longer allow any Chinese citizens into the U.S.