The series of posters tells the story of a female government employee meeting an unfamiliar red-haired gentleman at a dinner party who sweeps her off her feet with flower bouquets and romantic walks in the park before descending into leaked government documents and arrests for espionage.
Sounds like a plot out of a James Bond movie? Its actually a poster campaign launched on the first National Security Education Day on 15th April last week by the notoriously paranoid Communist Party leadership.
China's state secrets law is prohibitively broad, covering everything from industry data to the exact birth dates of state leaders, Sky News reports. The 16-panel comic book-like poster, titled "Dangerous Love" tells the story of a single and ambitious young Chinese civil servant nicknamed Xiao Li, or Little Li, who meets a red-headed foreign man at a dinner party and starts a relationship. The man claims to be a visiting academic, but unknown to Little Li, actually working as a spy for a foreign government. Really! After several panels showing David wooing Li, she finally caves in and hands over secret internal documents from her job at a government propaganda office leading to their arrest. The final scenes show a teary-eyed Li handcuffed before two policeman, who tell her that she has a "shallow understanding of secrecy for a state employee."
The entire scenario is captioned with dramatic dialogue and local governments are earnestly promoting it on public bulletin boards, targeting mainly administrative state employees. The poster campaign is aimed at educating employees about keeping classified information confidential as well as alert employees to dangers of espionage warfare.