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At least 3 per cent in China are police spies

February 11, 2010

Tibetan Review
February 11, 2010

Why is China such a successful totalitarian state? Because it has a
lot of money, thanks to its relentless exports and foreign
investments, and uses it to spy massively on its citizenry. In an
interview with the country's official Xinhua news agency, Liu
Xingchen, the 56-year-old assistant to the head of Kailu County, a
farming region in Inner Mongolia, has explained how the spy network
is established and works, reported Telegraph.co.uk Feb 9.

"Every policeman and auxiliary policeman, no matter their division or
particular police station, has to establish at least 20 informants in
their community, village, work unit and so on. Altogether, these add
up to 10,000 spies."

He has further explained: "Then the actual criminal units, the
economic crimes unit, the Domestic Security Department, the Public
Information Security Supervision and so on will establish a further
five 'eyes and ears'."

And he has concluded: "At the latest count, our bureau has
established 12,093 informants."

The report noted that the number of spies in Kailu County,
extrapolated nationwide, suggested that China had at least 39 million
informants, making up around three per cent of the country's
population. The report compared this with around 2.5 percent of East
Germans being spies for the Stasi secret police under Communism.

Mr Liu had described how he was able to "quickly and accurately
discover all sorts of information that might destabilise society".

While it was not clear whether and if so how many of the informants
were on government payroll, cities had adopted a reward system. The
report noted, for example, that more than 200,000 yuan were awarded
in a single month in the southern city of Shenzhen to informants who
offered 2,000 tips on criminal activity.

In addition to the police spies, leaked internal documents translated
by researchers at the US-based China Digital Times spell out the role
of China's Domestic Security Department (DSD), the huge security
operation that is dedicated to "preserving public harmony".

The DSD is seen to keep watch over anyone with "distinct views in the
economic, cultural and political domain" who "possess different views
from the authorities and insist on expressing them".

"We should persist in putting punishment first; strike and take care
of things early," the leaked secret documents were reported to state.
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