Foreigners in beijing dating
Handsome gents from abroad, authorities say, are on the prowl for ladies with access to state secrets.
To mark China’s first annual National Security Education Day earlier this month, propaganda officials plastered certain neighborhoods of the capital with a poster campaign called “Dangerous Love” warning of devious Don Juans lurking in their midst.
(Handout) When Yu Hongna, a 24-year-old graduate student in English language and literature, told her mom she was dating a British guy, her mother was wary.
“She warned me not to be deceived by a foreigner’s honey tongue, and they can be bad guys,” said Yu.
The national security awareness posters come amid a wider campaign against “Western values” and Western influence in a variety of arenas, including universities and the court system.
"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?
NEWSLETTER: Get the day's top headlines from Times Editor Davan Maharaj The 16-panel cartoon depicts a red-haired, bespectacled, pointy-nosed foreigner named David who claims to be a “visiting scholar” and strikes up a romance with a pretty civil servant named Little Li, whose job is to write reports for central Communist Party decision-makers.
After plying Little Li with walks in the park, flowers and dinner dates, and flattering her – “you’re pretty, sweet and exceptional,” he coos – he asks her to share her reports to help him write his academic articles. As Little Li nurses her broken heart, cops show up and inform her that David was a spy looking to “steal political and military information.” Little Li ends up in handcuffs, with an officer berating her for showing a “very shallow understanding of secrecy for a state employee.”The campaign has drawn widespread attention among expatriates in Beijing and across China, spreading quickly on social media channels including We Chat.