The Sixth Bureau is the Counterintelligence Bureau. The primary task of Chinese counterintelligence activity is to work against overseas Chinese pro-democracy organizations. The bureau has been harboring all sorts of suspicions in the past few years. Investigation priorities have included Western consortiums investing in China, which were suspected of involvement in attempts to bring about peaceful evolution in China. Overseas Chinese pro-democracy organizations have been investigated under suspicions that they were sending "investors" to China who were actually engaged in anti-communist activities. However these investigations have over time declined due both to a lack of evidence and because the Bureau's activities were negatively affecting the confidence of foreign investors. Currently work is focused on surveillance, and security awareness education activities among local authorities encouraging reporting of suspicious people and activities.
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