A man lays out the various denominations of the Chinese yuan, in Beijing 8 June 2005.

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The money rewards vary from 10,000 to 500,000 yuan

The Beijing authorities is providing hefty money rewards for data on international spies, state media report.

Residents of the Chinese language capital can earn as much as 500,000 yuan (£58,000; $72,000) by submitting tip-offs.

Metropolis officers mentioned the general public ought to assist “to slowly assemble an iron Nice Wall in combating evil and guarding towards spies.”

Authorities launched an consciousness marketing campaign final yr, together with warnings towards being seduced by international spies.

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The brand new regulation was introduced by the safety department of the Beijing municipal authorities and mentioned that residents can file tip-offs by way of the hotline launched final yr, in particular person, or by submit.

The money rewards vary from 10,000 to 500,000 yuan, relying on how helpful the tip-offs are in “stopping or stopping espionage behaviour, or cracking espionage circumstances”, in keeping with a number of state media retailers together with Beijing Day by day.

Authorities mentioned that as the guts of Chinese language governance and innovation, Beijing “is the primary alternative amongst international spy companies and others who’re fiercely finishing up infiltration, subversion, division, destruction and theft”.

Authorities mentioned that in January, a gaggle of fishermen in Jiangsu province discovered an “unidentifiable object inscribed with international phrases” whereas trawling for fish, and handed it in to authorities.

The article was later discovered to be “a spying machine that was accumulating knowledge on China”.