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Online Dating Ban for Chinese Military

To guard against divulging military secrets, the PLA’s General Staff Department and the General Political Department recently issued a joint notice strictly prohibiting military personnel from online dating. The notice also delineates the guidelines for soldiers’ using the Internet to search for marriage prospects or new jobs, as well as using personal blogs or websites. The PLA’s "Domestic Affairs" and "Regulations on the Prevention of Crime" also have strict regulations on military personnel’s participating in various online activities such as reunions with friends from their hometowns, or meetings with alumni or comrades-in-arms. The notice said, “All units must have a thorough understanding of the hidden dangers and threats from online dating and take it as a task to ensure military security and execute (such tasks) with a sense of political responsibility.”

Source:, May 31, 2011