First counter-terrorism law adopted in China


Beijing: China’s top legislature today adopted the country’s first counter-terrorism law in its latest attempt to address terrorism at home and help maintain world security.

Lawmakers approved the legislation at the end of a week-long bi-monthly session of the National People’s Congress (NPC) Standing Committee. All 159 legislators voted for the bill, Xinhua reported.

The new law comes at a delicate time for China and for the world at large with the terror attacks in Paris, the bombing of a Russian passenger jet over Egypt, and the brutal killings of hostages committed by the notorious Islamic State (IS) extremist group.

Before the new bill, China did not have a specialised counter-terrorism law, though related provisions feature in various NPC Standing Committee decisions, as well as the Criminal Law, Criminal Procedure Law and Emergency Response Law.(IANS)(image courtesy: