Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Dangerous Love - Chinese Propaganda Comic Poster

China is marking National Security Education Day with a poster warning young female government workers about dating handsome foreigners, who could turn out to have secret agendas.

Titled "Dangerous Love," the 16-panel, comic book-like poster tells the story of an attractive young Chinese civil servant nicknamed Xiao Li, or Little Li, who meets a red-headed foreign man at a dinner party and starts a relationship

  
A foreign friend has organized a gathering tonight...You're always trying to increase your foreign language level, why don't you go with me? 
--OK.


My name is David and I'm a visiting scholar researching issues about China. I'm really interested in chatting with all of you.


Everybody please introduce yourself and say a little something about your work. Let's start with this pretty lady. 
--Oh, OK!.


I'm Xiao Li, I just tested into the civil service after graduating college and work in a foreign publicity (propaganda) department. 
OK


After that party, David began to meet with Xiao Li often and gave her gifts. 
DAVID: You're pretty, sweet and exceptional; Honestly I fell for you the first time I saw you


Having a handsome, romantic and talented foreign boyfriend is pretty good.


The two begin a romantic involvement. 
DAVID: Dear, what exactly do you do at your work? 
XIAO LI: I write internal references as a basis for central policies.


DAVID: Great! Lend me those internal references so I can take a look. This will really help me write academic articles. 
XIAO LI: I can't, we have a confidentiality system.


DAVID: Dear, do you still need to keep secrets from me? I'm just taking a look to use in academic articles. 
XIAO LI: Unh, OK then.


XIAO LI: This is a copy I made, give it back as soon as you're done. 
DAVID: Relax, Sweetheart.


What happened? David hasn't called me recently, and his phone is always off.


OFFICER: Are you Xiao Li? We're from the State Administration of National Security. Please come with us. 
XIAO LI: What? What's going on?


OFFICER: David is an overseas spy in China to steal political and military information, and we have already captured him. Did you provide him with these 'internal references?' 
XIAO LI: What?


XIAO LI: I didn't know he was a spy; he used me! 
OFFICER: You show a very shallow understanding of secrecy for a State employee. You are suspected of violating our nation's law.


A warning from the National Security Organs: According to Chapter 1 on crimes endangering national security, article 111 of the Criminal Law of the P.R.C.: Whoever steals, secretly gathers, purchases, or illegally provides state secrets or intelligence for an organization, institution, or personnel outside the country is to be sentenced from not less than five years to not more than 10 years of fixed-term imprisonment; when circumstances are particularly serious, he is to be sentenced to not less than 10 years of fixed- term imprisonment, or life sentence; and when circumstances are relatively minor, he is to be sentenced to not more than five years of fixed-term imprisonment, criminal detention, control, or deprivation of political rights.


Article 27 of Chapter IV of the Counter-Espionage Law provides that : Where extraterritorial institutions, organizations or individuals carry out, or instigate or financially support others in carrying out espionage activities, or where an institution, organization or individual within the territory linked to a foreign institution, organization or individual conducts espionage activities, and it constitutes a crime, it is pursued for criminal responsibility in accordance with law.



I an reminded of Tom Clancy's subplot in the Bear and the Dragon.
Where a  Japanese-American CIA agent who seduces Fang Gan's secretary into installing a computer program that collects sensitive government information.


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