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Chinese legislators to amend counter-terrorism law

The NPC Standing Committee kicked off its bimonthly session on Wednesday. Lawmakers will deliberate a draft counter-terrorism law that aims to improve intelligence gathering, and enhance international cooperation.

China is planning to set up an anti-terrorism body to coordinate and streamline the gathering of intelligence in the field.

The draft counter-terrorism law aims to improve how information is collected and shared across government bodies, and among the military and armed police. It will also enhance international cooperation.

"Due to a lack of consistent laws in the intelligence field, the country's anti-terrorism work is incomplete, with measures not yet strong enough. Counter-terrorism provisions are scattered across various NPC Standing Committee decisions, Criminal Law, Criminal Procedure Law and Emergency Response Law," Su Zelin, deputy director of Law Committee, NPC Standing Committee, said.

Explaining the draft bill to lawmakers, Su said China is facing a serious and complex situation in its fight against terrorism, as it sees more influence from "international factors."

"The draft stipulates measures on Internet security management, the examination of transport, dangerous materials, terrorism financing prevention and border controls," Su said.

China is categorically against terrorist acts in any form, and urges close and effective international cooperation to counter terrorism under the leadership of the United Nations.

The country stands ready to enhance cooperation with the international community in fighting terrorist forces, safeguarding regional and international security and stability, as well as providing necessary humanitarian assistance to relevant parties.

Other key tasks at the meeting will be to discuss an agenda for the third annual session of the 12th NPC, held early next month . Lawmakers will look at a work report from the NPC Standing Committee, as well as reviewing draft lists of attendees.

[Source: Xinhua, Cntv, Beijing, 26Feb15]

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