China passes its first Counter-Terrorism law

China’s National People’s Congress Standing Committee, the top organ of China’s parliament has adopted the country’s first counter-terrorism law.

The legislation was approved with large majority at the end of a week-long bimonthly session China’s National People’s Congress Standing Committee.

Key facts

  • The law expanded the definition of the term terrorism and is the latest attempt of China to address terrorism at home and help maintain world security.
  • The law grants overarching powers to security agencies and also allows the military to venture overseas on counter-terror operations.
  • Under the new law a separate clause makes terrorism a crime including fabricating it and disseminating information on fabricated terrorist incidents.
  • The law allows news media only to report on the personal details of on-scene workers, hostages or authorities’ response to terrorist activities and it will require approval from counter-terrorism authorities.
  • It is mandatory for technology firms to give sensitive data like encryption keys to the government when asked for under this law.

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