China to set up anti-terror intelligence gathering center

Source:Xinhua Published: 2014-10-28 0:18:02

China will set up an anti-terrorism intelligence gathering center to coordinate and streamline intelligence gathering in the field, according to a draft law submitted for reading on Monday.

The counter-terrorism law aims to improve intelligence gathering and the sharing of information across government bodies and among military, armed police and militias, and enhance international cooperation, said Lang Sheng, deputy head of the Legislative Affairs Commission of the National People's Congress (NPC) Standing Committee.

Explaining the draft to lawmakers, Lang said China is facing a serious and complex situation against terrorism, with more influence from "international factors."

It is necessary to improve the legal network on counter-terrorism so as to solve legal questions and difficulties during the fight against terror, Lang said.

The counter-terrorism law is of great significance in dealing with severe terrorist situations, improving work mechanisms and prevention measures and enhancing capabilities in the fight against terror in order to safeguard State and public security as well as people's lives and property, he said.

The draft also stipulates measures on Internet security management, the examination of transport, dangerous materials, terrorism financing prevention and border controls.

"Due to a lack of systematic laws in the field, the anti-terrorism work is incomplete, with measures not forceful," Lang said, adding counter-terrorism provisions are scattered in various NPC Standing Committee decisions, in Criminal Law, Criminal Procedure Law and Emergency Response Law.

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