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First counter-terrorism law adopted in China

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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: metalworkingworldmagazine.com)

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Italy, China Sign Pact To Strengthen Economic Ties

Italy's involvement gives China a crucial inroad into Western Europe and a symbolic boost in its economic tug-of-war with Washington.

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Chinese President Xi Jinping, left, and Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte shake their hands following the signing of a memorandum in support of Beijing's "Belt and Road" initiative, at Rome's Villa Madama, March 23, 2019. VOA

Italy has signed a memorandum of understanding with China in support of Beijing’s “Belt and Road” initiative, which aims to weave a network of ports, bridges and power plants linking China with Africa, Europe and beyond.

Premier Giuseppe Conte and Chinese President Xi Jinping shook hands during a ceremony in Rome on Saturday, after 29 separate sections of the memorandum were signed by members of both governments.

 

 

With the memorandum, Italy becomes the first member of the Group of Seven major economies that includes the United States, to join Belt and Road, following Portugal’s embrace of the initiative in December.

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Italy’s involvement gives China a crucial inroad into Western Europe and a symbolic boost in its economic tug-of-war with Washington. (VOA)

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