December 06, 2023

China’s new spy law may curb North Korea aid work, endanger defectors: Experts

Law set to go into effect July 1 expands definition of espionage in ways some fear could include DPRK-related activities

China’s plans to implement a new anti-espionage law from next month could create additional risks for organizations working near the North Korean border, while making it more difficult for defectors to escape, experts told NK News this week.

In April, Beijing promulgated a new law that expands the definition of espionage to include the theft or acquisition of not only state secrets but any “documents, data, materials or items related to national security and interests,” without specifying what national security entails.