BEIJING, CHINA: Under measures implemented this week, Chinese people can get prizes of more than 100,000 yuan ($15,000) and special certificates for tip-offs on violations of national security, according to official media on Tuesday.
For years, China has offered rewards for revealing foreign spies or other security infractions. According to a state media outlet, the new measures are intended at standardising awards and encouraging the people at a time when threats from foreign intelligence agencies and other hostile forces are rising.
“The measures’ formulation is favourable to completely mobilising the general public’s excitement to support and help in national security work, broadly rallying the hearts, morale, wisdom, and strength of the people,” a ministry representative said, according to legal daily.
Citizens can get “spiritual prizes” in the form of certificates or “material rewards” in the form of cash ranging from 10,000 yuan to more than 100,000 yuan, according to a notification issued by the ministry.
Before deciding on the prize, state security services would investigate the report to see if it was real and if it contained fresh information.
People can file reports via a hotline or website, by mail, in person, or in any other means. When more than one person submits the same tip, the person who reported it initially will be rewarded first, but others may also qualify.