After the China Development Brief, published by Briton Nick Young, was closed down for allegedly “conducting unauthorized surveys,” the Chinese government has sent out a warning to foreigners about the types of information they try to procure in China. From Reuters:
China’s state-controlled media have warned citizens to raise their awareness and prevent leakage of state secrets, charging that illegal surveys by foreigners in the country were on the rise and threatening national security.
“Many Chinese mistakenly believe that geographic information is not secret because satellites are commonly used to gather such information,” the English-language China Daily said on Wednesday, quoting the Chinese-language tabloid Global Times. “But coordinates, topography and geologic information of key areas and core facilities are still top secret. Once acquired by other countries, the information could be used to attack wartime targets,” the China Daily said, citing experts. [Full Text]