China’s new national security committee will target five types of “unconventional security threats”, including extremist forces and ideological challenges posed by Western nations, the South China Morning Post reported Tuesday, citing a senior colonel. Gong Fangbin said existing government agencies were not well equipped to handle the new “highly intertwined and complicated” security threats. The report said the other areas of concern were cybersecurity, ideological struggle and a combination of conventional and unconventional threats. Plans for the committee were announced after the party’s third plenum in November, but no details were given about its structure or role.
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