A Chinese official says the country’s secret police has been involved in “serious crimes” since the end of the Cultural Revolution in the late 1960s, the New York Times reports.
In a series of tweets, Yang Jieyi, who is in charge of the People’s Liberation Army’s central commission for internal security, said his agency has “detected, investigated and punished many crimes” in the country.
“Our internal security service has uncovered and investigated many serious crimes committed during the Cultural War,” Yang wrote.
“Such crimes have included crimes against state security, corruption, and the systematic misuse of power.”
Yang’s tweet came after a number of reports appeared on the internet about a large number of cases of people being accused of “serious” crimes in China.
One person who has been charged in the past is a former employee of a company that is currently under investigation by police for allegedly using counterfeit currency, the Times said.
“These are serious crimes that have been committed against the Chinese people,” Yang told the Times.
He also said that the country has taken steps to make the country a safer place, including the establishment of the national cybercrime bureau and the creation of a cyber security task force.
The report comes just days after a similar report from the Washington Post.
According to the Post, Chinese officials have long accused the US of being the “world’s most oppressive and violent country.”
According to Reuters, the country is now “trying to change that perception.”