China dismisses United States concerns over its first anti-terror law draft

Dec 23, 2015
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It is going through another reading at the ongoing session of the standing committee of the National People’s Congress, which ends on Sunday.

China may further restrict the right of the media to report on details of terror attacks, state media reported on Tuesday, under a tough new law that could be passed before the end of the month.

It is unsure about how the final draft of China’s anti terrorism law would turn out to be; will it include the technology requirements or what more.

Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Hong Lei said he was “dissatisfied” with the U.S. position and hoped they respected China’s lawmaking process and did not adopt “double standards”.

This week, the U.S. State Department said it had expressed “serious concerns” to China about the law which would do more harm than good against the threat of terrorism.

Hong said increasing terrorist attacks have posed serious threats to China’s national security and the life and property of its people.

China’s top legislature is deliberating on an amended draft law for the protection of wildlife with a focus on protection of habitat.

Hong says the draft rule won’t limit the lawful operations of companies, and won’t provide a “back door ” for law enforcement. He tried to dismiss Western concerns, saying items in the draft anti-terrorism bill is completely reasonable and will not constitute a breach of corporate intellectual property rights or citizens’ freedom of speech.

“While formulating this law, we referred to the laws of other countries, including the United States”, Hong said, pointing to a USA wiretapping law.

None, except news media with approval from counterterrorism authorities in charge of information distribution, shall report on or disseminate the personal details of on-scene workers, hostages or authorities’ response activities.

A national security law, adopted in July, requires all technologies – including those belonging to foreign firms – to be “secure and controllable”.

A notice from the Kunming City Intermediate People’s Court said Iskandar Ehet, Turgun Tohtunyaz and Hasayn Muhammad were put to death after China’s Supreme Court upheld their convictions for the crimes of murder and organising and leading a terrorist organisation.

Hundreds have died in violence in the past few years in Xinjiang.

The NPC Education, Science, Culture and Public Health Committee said in a report last week that legislation for TCM has become a hotspot in their work, with dozens of bills and suggestions made by NPC deputies.

China anti-terror law may restrict media reporting on attacks

 

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