Spy museum \'for Chinese eyes only\'

China has launched a museum celebrating its spy history but banned foreigners from viewing the exhibits.

China has launched a museum celebrating its spy history but, amid repeated complaints overseas about alleged modern-day Chinese espionage efforts, banned foreigners from viewing the exhibits.

"It\'s for Chinese only," Fan Hong, a spokesman for the new Jiangsu National Security Education Centre in the eastern city of Nanjing, told AFP Thursday.

"I am not sure about the exact reasons. I think it\'s because the museum is related to national security issues."

Guns disguised as lipstick, cigarettes and fountain pens are on display in the museum, the official Xinhua news agency said in a recent report.

Listening bugs, coins hollowed out to smuggle documents and maps fashioned into playing cards can also be seen alongside photos and previously classified documents that are being displayed for the first time, the report said.

One section of the museum pays tribute to the guerrilla tactics Communist Party members used to undermine nationalist forces between 1921 and 1949, Xinhua said.

Another hall highlights some of the means used by state security forces to prevent others from undermining the Communist Party since it came to power in 1949, according to Xinhua.

China has repeatedly denied in recent months various accusations that it is involved in a wide range of espionage efforts.

The foreign ministry last month reacted angrily to a report by Canadian researchers that said a shadowy cyber-espionage network based mostly in China had infiltrated government and private computers around the world.

"Some people outside of China are bent on fabricating lies of so-called Chinese computer spies," ministry spokesman Qin Gang said in response to the report.

"Their attempt to tarnish China with lies is doomed to failure."

Source AFP

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