The Beijing Municipal Civil Affairs Bureau released a plan earlier this month to increase the number of community social organizations in the capital and stress the importance of highly influential groups like the Chaoyang Masses. The document added that each district should have at least two such volunteer-led organizations on par with the Chaoyang Masses brand. The plan is to “promote the high-quality development of community social organization in Beijing, and give them a positive role in grassroots social governance,” according to the document.
The Chaoyang Masses most recently made national headlines in October after members anonymously reported prominent Chinese pianist Li Yundi for allegedly soliciting prostitution. Li was later detained by Chaoyang police. The Chaoyang Masses have also been referred to as the “world’s fifth-largest intelligence agency” on social media for their detective work. There are currently over 230,000 volunteers with daily obligations varying from picking litter to tipping off police to potential crimes.