Institute of Cadre Management
The Ministry of State Security recruits leading graduates from universities across the country. The Beijing Institute of International Relations only teaches foreign languages and specialized professional skills, but not intelligence skills. Specialized training is provided at the Institute of Cadre Management in Suzhou. Courses include various aspects of espionage, including shooting, driving, martial arts, photography, communications, surveillance and counter-surveillance. Trainees remain at the Institute for periods ranging from three months to one year, depending on their subsquent assignment. Further political screening to determine their loyalty to the Chinese Communist Party is required before being assigned abroad.
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