The responsibilities of the Seventh Bureau, the Circulation Bureau, are to check, verify, prepare and write intelligence reports and special classified reports on the basis of first-hand intelligence obtained from open or secret sources. The former are written for the departments concerned, while the latter are submitted to the top Chinese hierarchy.
Although these activities appear straightforward, no small art is required in deciding what should or should not be circulated, and to whom. Work at the Seventh Bureau is said to be the most boring of all the Ministry of State Security units, and extremely difficult, with morale a continuing problem.
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