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Chinese Warned About Dating Spies Who're After State Secrets

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A woman walks past a poster warning against foreign spies and displayed in an alleyway in Beijing. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)

By    |   Friday, 22 Apr 2016 11:57 AM

Chinese government workers are being warned via a comic poster that has popped up around Beijing about dating potential spies who just want them to kiss and tell national security secrets.

The 16-panel poster tells how a mysterious romantic foreigner eventually convinced the object of his affections to give him internal government documents, and it appears to be part of more than 100 promotional materials resulting from China's first "National Security Education Day" on April 15, noted CNN.

The comic poster's story follows government worker Xiao Li, or Little Li, "who is wooed by a red-haired foreigner posing as a visiting scholar. The scholar, named Dawei or David, showers her with compliments, red roses, fancy dinners and romantic walks in the park, and convinces the girl to provide him with internal documents from her government propaganda workplace."

The poster includes a warning about committing "crimes endangering national security." Charges can be brought against a person who allegedly "steals, secretly gathers, purchases, or illegally provides state secrets or intelligence for an organization, institution, or personnel outside the country," according to RT.com.

Reuters said Chinese state television on Wednesday carried the story of a man accused of giving state secrets about the Chinese military and ships patrolling islets in the East China Sea. The man received seven years in jail.

"The man, identified as Chen Wei, from the east coast province of Zhejiang, had studied abroad and was recruited while working overseas, state television said, in its second report this week on people jailed for security-related crimes," said Reuters.

Although the TV story never said what country the alleged spy was working for, photos of Japan were shown during the segment and "included a reconstruction of the two meeting in a restaurant and being served by a woman in a traditional Japanese kimono."

"The government hopes to send out a signal of deterrence to warn anybody who may be in a similar position of disclosing state secrets to foreign organization, while at the same time, giving the general public the perception that spies and potential spies may be in their midst, right at their side," William Nee, Amnesty International's China analyst, told CNN.

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