Date
17 January 2017
China has joined the international race for resources in the Arctic. Photo: Xinhua
China has joined the international race for resources in the Arctic. Photo: Xinhua

China draft security law to cover space, deep sea interests

China will add its assets and activities in space, the deep sea and polar regions to its pending national security law, Reuters reported, citing state media.

President Xi Jinping, who heads a newly established national security commission, has said China’s security covers a wide array of areas, including politics, culture, the military, the economy, technology and the environment.

But foreign business groups and diplomats have argued that the draft national security law, which could be adopted after a third reading over the next week by China’s top legislative committee, is too broad and vague.

“Harmful moral standards”, for example, would also be handled under the law, state media said after its second reading in April by the National People’s Congress (NPC) Standing Committee, a group of about 200 members led by the ruling Communist Party.

“Some standing committee members, participants and departments suggested that in space, the deep sea, polar regions and other strategic new frontiers, China has real and potential major national interests and faces security threats and challenges,” the official Xinhua news agency said.

China would therefore “peacefully explore and exploit” space, international sea-bed areas and polar regions and strengthen the security of “activities, assets and other interests” there, Xinhua said.

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