Date
23 September 2017
A man walks past anti-terrorism posters in Urumqi, capital of Xinjiang province, which has been rocked by a recent wave of terror attacks, Photo: AFP
A man walks past anti-terrorism posters in Urumqi, capital of Xinjiang province, which has been rocked by a recent wave of terror attacks, Photo: AFP

China toughens anti-terror defenses

China has toughened its anti-terrorism regime, making it a serious crime to spread rumors about bomb threats.

Offenders face unspecified punishment.

Previously, spreading rumors about bomb threats on airplanes and in public places carried a penalty of imprisonment for up to five years.

The new policy, announced over the weekend, deals with criminal cases involving violence and terrorism, as well as religious extremism.

It lists seven terrorist-related activities including organizing terror groups, directing members to conduct terrorist attacks, producing and possession of firearms.

Operators of websites and other communication platforms who knowingly spread terrorism and religious extremism will be treated as accomplices and subject to criminal prosecution.

The new rules come after a wave of attacks rocked key cities including Beijing and Urumqi, capital of restive Xinjiang province.

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