CHINESE women already have enough on their plate when dealing with the challenges in today’s dating scene. But now the government is telling them to be wary of good-looking foreigners, as they may have ulterior motives – particularly those involving espionage.
The Communist Party-ruled nation recently celebrated its inaugural National Security Education Day on April 15, aimed at promoting public awareness of national security through promotional material and events across the country.
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One of its posters drew attention on social media – shown in a comic called “Dangerous Love“, the poster tells the story of an attractive young Chinese civil servant named “Little Li” who meets a handsome, red-headed foreign man at a dinner party. The comic shows the two hitting it off and starting a relationship.
However, it turns out that “David” is a foreign spy whose mission is to elicit government secrets from Little Li through the use of effusive flattery, bouquets of roses, fancy dinners and romantic walks in the park.
After Little Li unwittingly shares secret internal documents from her government propaganda office with David, the pair is arrested.
In the final panel, Little Li is shown sitting handcuffed in front of two disapproving policemen who tell her that she has a “shallow understanding of secrecy for a state employee.”
In October last year, China passed the broad, vaguely-worded National Security Law to replace its Counter-espionage Law, which had been in effect since 1993.
The new law is touted to reach beyond the battle against international espionage, but also covers a wide range of topics, including defense, finance, technology, as well as China’s assets and activities in outer space, deep sea and polar regions.
Beijing-based CCTV News quoted Chinese President Xi Jinping saying that “national security is not a far-fetching issue for ordinary people, and that everyone should be mobilized to safeguard it”.
Additional reporting by Associated Press