China plans to amend its counter-espionage law in a bid to enhance state security, People.com.cn reported.
Foreign organizations and individuals who conduct espionage activities or who instigate and sponsor others in conducting them will be punished, as will domestic organizations and individuals who spy on the country for foreign organizations and individuals, according to the bill.
As common electronic devices such as smartphones can also be used for bugging conversations or secret filming, the draft law states that “any individual or organization is not allowed to hold or use special espionage devices”, and the scope of special espionage devices will be determined by the State Council’s state security departments.
Information and material obtained for counter-espionage work should only be limited in the field, while confidentiality should be ensured for state and commercial secrets and personal privacy.
The bill also rewrites articles that are not in line with other laws that have been revised in recent years, including the Criminal Law and Criminal Procedure Law.
China has been intensifying efforts to combat espionage and protect national security. In August, the government said a Canadian couple who ran a coffee shop on the Chinese border with North Korea was investigated for suspected theft of military and intelligence information, according to media reports.
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