Many people have been imprisoned on the charge of “state secrets” in China but there is not much information about what’s defined as state secrets. Last Friday, Xinhua News Agency published an article in regards to the warning from the National Administration for the Protection of State Secrets (NAPSS) about the possible leak of state secrets on the internet. The article ended with an explanation of state secretes under the “Law on Guarding State Secrets” and that included some rather normal activities such as national economic and social development, science and technology. But the most important of all, state secrets include “other matters that are classified as state secrets by the state secret protection department.” Does it mean anything can be “classified” at any time? It’s still very vague.

According to China Digial Times, the definition of state secrets is available online in many Chinese government documents. The person who located some of the info online posted his (or her?) findings in a forum and commented that anything the government does not actively publish is state secrets. It seems like in the end, the government has the say of what’s considered public information.

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