By Jacob L. Shapiro
Summary China is attempting to centralize control of the various bureaucracies currently involved in creating and managing the country’s national security policy. A series of laws as well as recent revelations concerning Chinese citizens convicted of espionage are all a part of Beijing’s attempt to rationalize these disparate elements. They also fit with President Xi Jinping’s strategy of consolidating his power over China’s governing structure.
Last week, China Central Television (CCTV) featured two reports on Chinese citizens convicted of espionage. The first report appeared on April 19 and dealt with an allegedly disgruntled computer technician who contacted unidentified foreign intelligence services and sold them over 150,000 classified documents, including Chinese military codes, from 2002 to 2011. The computer technician was sentenced to death. The second report appeared the next day, and described the case of a Chinese man who reportedly had bee