Date
22 October 2017
The National People's Congress Standing Committee is giving the anti-terrorism bill a reading this week. Photo: people.cn
The National People's Congress Standing Committee is giving the anti-terrorism bill a reading this week. Photo: people.cn

Tech firms have nothing to fear from anti-terror law, China says

Technology firms have nothing to fear from China’s new anti-terrorism law, which aims to prevent and probe terrorist activity and does not affect their intellectual property or curb the freedom of speech, the Foreign Ministry said.

The draft anti-terrorism law has caused concern in western countries, as it could require technology firms to install “back doors” in products or to hand over sensitive information such as encryption keys to the government.

The law is being given another reading at the latest session of the Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress, which ends Sunday, Reuters reported.

This week, the US State Department said it had expressed “serious concerns” to China about the law, which it said would do more harm than good in the fight against terrorism.

Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Hong Lei said Wednesday he was “dissatisfied” with that position and hoped the US would respect China’s lawmaking process and would not adopt “double standards”.

China faces a serious threat from terrorism and needs to improve its legal framework to deal with the problem, Hong said.

Terrorists have been using the internet to operate, and China needs laws to cope with this, he said.

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