(Bloomberg) -- China’s Communist Party is curbing the online activities of its 89 million members ahead of a leadership shake-up in a few months.

The new rules made public on Tuesday said that all party cadres face punishment if they visit “illegal websites” or disclose party and state secrets online. Cadres need permission from the party before registering social media accounts or setting up a WeChat group that contains their job information, the party’s personnel, propaganda and cyber watchdog said.

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