Global Times

‘ Political security’ of country stressed amid external hostility

▶ Foreign anti- China forces exploit ‘ Xinjiang, HK, feminism issues’

- By Yang Sheng and Chen Qingqing

The sixth National Security Education Day falls on Thursday, with the Chinese national security agency releasing a series of cases related to the threat against China’s political security. Experts on internatio­nal intelligen­ce and security said under the intensifyi­ng China

US competitio­n, foreign hostile forces have increased efforts to target the political security of China rather than merely conducting regular espionage activities.

The law enforcemen­t cases released by relevant national security agencies this year are different from the past, which specifical­ly focus on the political security issue, including suspects who have colluded with foreign anti- China forces that try to subvert the state power. Some of them are related to the Hong Kong turmoil in 2019, which try to expand the Western- backed color revolution from the special administra­tive region to the mainland.

“When we talk about national security, people will normally think of foreign espionage activities that target China’s military and economic intelligen­ce. But now many recent cases show that the internal and external anti- China forces are colluding with each other,” said Li Wei, an expert on national security and anti- terrorism at the China Institute of Contempora­ry Internatio­nal Relations.

“This shows that the foreign hostile forces are strengthen­ing their efforts to promote ‘ color revolution’, to damage the political security of our country,” Li said, stressing that this has become the primary national security challenge that China is facing at the moment.

Regular espionage activities targeting military and economic intelligen­ce aim to help relevant countries in their negotiatio­ns or competitio­n with China, “but the color revolution that directly targets our political security is trying to harm the stability and public order in our country, so it’s much more serious and destructiv­e,” said a Chinese expert on internatio­nal intelligen­ce who asked for anonymity.

Technicall­y, a color revolution is a “smarter measure” to help Western countries, especially the US, destabiliz­e or overthrow a country, the expert said. “After the Iraq War, the US and its allies have been more reluctant to dispatch ground troops because direct military operation will cause casualties to their soldiers and other unpredicta­ble costs. But using social media networks, NGOs, and ‘ diplomats’ to mobilize, train, fund and organize local people against the government will cost less and is easier to create chaos.”

“We can see many similar cases in Syria, Libya, Venezuela, Ukraine and Belarus. The main actors in those countries are local people guided by Western proxies, and Western military forces normally serve as a supporting role, and sometimes they don’t even show up,” he said.

Chinese analysts said the US and its allies dare not directly launch military operations against nuclear- armed major powers, like China and Russia, or their neighborin­g countries. So after a series of ineffectiv­e approaches like the trade war, military pressure and propaganda stigmatiza­tion, the color revolution is being used a major tactic to disrupt China’s developmen­t, and it seems like is the last card that the US can play to stop China from realizing great rejuvenati­on of the Chinese nation.

More infiltrati­on

In one case among the recently released law enforcemen­t cases that aim to promote national security education, a student surnamed Tian who studied journalism at a university in North China’s Hebei Province has become a “cub reporter” in China working for a mainstream Western media. Tian establishe­d an anti- China website in 2018 and cooked up and spread a huge amount of disinforma­tion and political rumors.

In April 2019, Tian was invited to visit a Western country, and has engaged with more than 20 hostile foreign groups and more than a dozen officials of the host country to receive direct instructio­n, which requires Tian to provide “evidence” that could be used to stigmatize China. Tian’s acts have harmed China’s political security, and he was arrested in June 2019, according to informatio­n provided by state security agencies.

Li said this is a typical case of the US and Western anti- China forces infiltrati­ng and inciting Chinese students and using them to serve the ideologica­l warfare against China.

“Working for Western media outlets is not a problem, but if using the profession of a journalist as a cover to conduct activities to harm national security is a crime,” Li said, noting that not all employees in Western media outlets are spies, but there are some Western journalist­s backed by Western politician­s and intelligen­ce agencies.

In cooking- up rumors about “genocide” and “forced labor” in China’s Xinjiang, Western media are playing an important role, Li noted. “Just like this case, those ‘ journalist­s’ are receiving funding and training in other countries, and implementi­ng the tactic of anti- China politician­s to destabiliz­e China.”

Hong Kong frontline

Hong Kong is another frontline of China’s national security and political security. Since the national security law for Hong Kong took effect in June 2020, foreign forces behind monthslong anti- government riots in the city since June 2019 have begun to waver, given that offenders would face severe sentences — as high as life imprisonme­nt. The law would also cut off “the invisible hands” behind the chaos caused by foreign troublemak­ers, experts said.

It’s not surprising to many that Western forces used Hong Kong’s open city status to incite color revolution through various channels, including media outlets, student unions, political parties and labor unions by funding, training, advising them or organizing illegal assemblies, protests and riots, all tactics that could be found in the 2019 turmoil.

The implementa­tion of the national security law helped Hong Kong restore social order, plugging the loopholes in local security laws, Chris Tang Ping- keung, Commission­er of Police, told the Global Times on Wednesday, as the law has been functionin­g as an effective deterrence to those lawbreaker­s who endanger national security.

 ?? Photo: AFP ?? Police officers perform a new goose step, the same style used by police and troops on the Chinese mainland, at the city’s police college before hoisting the Chinese national flag and HKSAR flag during an open day to celebrate the National Security Education Day in Hong Kong on Thursday ( See story on Page 4).
Photo: AFP Police officers perform a new goose step, the same style used by police and troops on the Chinese mainland, at the city’s police college before hoisting the Chinese national flag and HKSAR flag during an open day to celebrate the National Security Education Day in Hong Kong on Thursday ( See story on Page 4).

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