China Security Threats

Data and information about security threats from China’s black market. Intelligence and security data collected from government agencies, news articles and other public information sources.

Due to illegal fishing activities, the number of sea cucumbers in the waters of Mexico have been decreasing. In 2009, up to 20 tons of sea cucumbers were available. By 2013, the number dropped to 1,900 tons.

Fisherman in Mexico ca earn over $700 a day from harvesting sea cucumbers. The marine animals are then sent to China, where it is considered a delicacy. A pound of sea cucumber can be sold for $300.

(More information about the effects of illegal fishing.)

Source:  Karla Zabludovsky, “Quest for Illegal Gain at the Sea Bottom Divides Fishing Communities,” New York Times, March 19, 2013.

Customs Officials across Europe seized 2.1 million fake toys in 2011. The number of counterfeits seized was 68 percent less than the 6.7 million counterfeit toys seized EU borders in 2010.

42,967 of the toys were seized in the United Kingdom.

87 percent of the seized toys originated from China, followed by 10 percent from Hong Kong and 0.64 percent from Singapore.

Source:  Dominic Sacco, “Customs seize fewer fake toys,” Toy News, March 18, 2013.

The Telegraph in London reported that the amount in bribes that someone in China has to pay in order to get a job as a train attendant within the country’s rail ministry was $14,897 (£10,000).

(More corruption in China and around the world.)

Source:  Malcolm Moore, “China abolishes powerful Railways ministry in battle against corruption,” Telegraph, March 10, 2013.


According to a study released in March 2013, an estimated 100 Million sharks are being killed each year.

Researchers attribute the biggest driver of shark fishing to the demand for shark fin soup. The soup is considered a luxury in China.

Source:  Matt McGrath, “Shark kills number 100 million annually, research says,” BBC News, March 1, 2013.

According to a report in the New York Times, a pound of ivory is selling for $1,300 in China as of March 2013.

The value of the ivory is higher than the $900 per pound reported in October 2012. In 2011, a pound of ivory was selling for $270.

(More illegal wildlife trade prices.)

Source:  Dan Levin, “From Elephants’ Mouths, an Illicit Trail to China,” New York Times, March 1, 2013.

Officials with the Ministry of Agriculture stated that over 33,000 tons of counterfeit pesticides, seeds and other agriculture materials were seized in 2012.

Source:  Xinhua, “China to crack down on counterfeit agricultural materials,” People’s Daily, February 26, 2013.

According to statistics from public health programs and security agencies in China, over 20,000 people were arrested in 2012 for producing and selling counterfeit drugs.

The authorities investigated 14,000 cases that involved $2.56 Billion (16 Billion Yuan) in medicine value.

Source:  Xinhua, “14,000 counterfeit drug cases cracked,”, February 20, 2013.

The Beijing Municipal Procuratorate reported that 58 percent of all cases investigated by prosecutors in Beijing during 2007 to 2012 were bribery cases involving government officials.

City prosecutors handled 1,883 corruption and bribery cases during the 5 year time period that involved 2,238 officials.

(See bribes paid around the world.)

Source:  Minnie Chan, “Beijing bribery cases up in 2012,” South China Morning Post, January 27, 2013.

At the start of 2013, the reported price to purchase an abducted boy in China was $14,473 (90,000 Yuan). The price in 2013 was higher than the previous price of $6,432 (40,000 Yuan) that was reported in previous years.

The higher price for an abducted boy in China in 2013 was attributed to a crackdown on child trafficking by Chinese police that began in 2009. Between 2009 and 2012, police reported that over 54,000 children have been rescued from trafficking gangs.

The children are abducted and sold to coupes who usually do not have boys.

(Prices of human traffickers.)

Source:  “Child Trafficking: A cruel trade,” Economist, January 26, 2013.

An estimated 10,000 organ transplants are believed to take place in China every year, according to various reports. Up to 7,000 organs used in those transplants are taken from executed prisons.

The Chinese Government stated that by 2015 it plans to phase out the use of organs from prisoners.

China has up to 1.5 million people waiting for an organ donation.

(See illegal organ trade prices.)

Source:  Silke Ballweg, “Executed prisoners are still main source for organ transplants in China,” Deutsche Welle, December 21, 2012.