NEWSLETTER Issue VII of 2015

Statement of the Spokesperson of

Ministry of Foreign Affairs of China on

China's draft anti-terrorism law

On December 23, 2015, the spokesperson of Chinese foreign ministry Hong Lei made a statement on China’s draft anti-terrorism law during the regular press conference of MFA:

Terrorism, as an enemy of all mankind, is weighing on world peace and development. The intensity and frequency of violent and terrorist attacks targeting China is on the rise, posing a grave threat to the security of China, the Chinese people and their property. China is a country under the rule of law. The formulation of the anti-terrorism law meets the requirement of improving the national legal system and advancing the law-based governance in an all-round manner. It also answers the call to guard against and combat terrorism in accordance with the law, showcases China's international obligation as a major responsible country, and is thus very necessary.

I want to point out that effective counter-terrorism measures go hand in hand with the protection of human rights. The Chinese government attaches great importance to finding a balance between combating terrorism and protecting human rights. Efforts will be made to regulate law enforcement and protect the lawful rights and interests of citizens and organizations. We call on the US to stop its unfounded accusations.

With the development of information technology, the internet has been increasingly used by terrorists as a major tool to organize, plot and conduct terrorist activities. It is imperative for us to prevent and crack down on cyber-enabled terrorist crimes by enhancing relevant institutional measures. With the aim of fighting terrorism, countries including the US have provided in relevant legislation the duty of assistance of network operators and service providers. For example, in the Communications Assistance for Law Enforcement Act and other relevant laws, the US states in explicit terms that relevant companies shall offer assistance to law enforcement agencies in lawful interception and decryption of encrypted communication.

China's draft anti-terrorism law stipulates that teleservice operators and network service providers shall provide technical support such as technical interface and decryption to public and national security organs in their missions to prevent and investigate terrorist activities. It is totally justified. This term will not restrict companies' lawful business, nor will it leave a backdoor open or infringe companies' intellectual property right and citizens' freedom of expression on line. It is hoped that the US side would respect China's normal legislation, rather than exercise double standards.


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