Chinese spies imprisoned

President Xi Jinping targetting spies

President Xi Jinping targetting spies

President Xi Jinping has targeted China’s powerful intelligence-gathering apparatus. The deputy minister at the Chinese State Security apparatus has been detained for a case of corruption. Deputy Minister Ma Jian had been arrested last January 11. It shocked a lot of people due to the fact that China is known to be quite lenient with government officials involved in such things. The arresting of Ma Jian symbolizes the change in the Chinese government. It shows how the government is more serious with regards to its anti-graft campaign. Over the years China’s spy agency is known to be the most politically protected entities in the country. This shows progress of President Xi Jinping and his colleagues over trying to clean up the problems in corruption in the government. They have been trying to plan this action for over 18 months now. Before, Chinese leaders took the work of their intelligence services very seriously. Under Hu Jintao and the pro-stability strategy, the Ministry of Public Security and the Ministry of State Security became influential in the country. In fact last 2007, Zhou Yongkang became influential due to the political support he gained.

Targeting spies

Targeting spies

The intelligence organization had been experiencing multiple problems in the past. It has been poorly managed and the constant waste of resources. It is also where majority of corruption happens. Despite the fact intelligence agencies are known to be a political tool for some, Chinese officials see to it that the institution should change. Throughout the years MSS have seen a domestic industry of intelligence production. Some technical areas, MSS has become even more active, with scientists and those viewed as holding useful information sometimes targeted both inside and outside the country. However, when MSS is becoming over powerful and over confident, Chinese officials felt that there is a necessity to reform China’s spies and to see to it that they stay on budget.

Images by Confucius Institute and Elizabeth Dalziel