BEIJING, Dec. 28 (ChinaMil) -- China passed the Anti-terrorism Law of the People's Republic of China on December 27, 2015, officially incorporating anti-terrorism into the national security strategy.
The law, consisting of 97 articles under ten chapters, will be implemented on January 1, 2016. It stipulates the definition of terrorist organizations and terrorists, security prevention, intelligence and information, investigation, countermeasures, international cooperation, guarantee measures, legal responsibilities, among others.
According to the law, the Chinese armed forces could carry out counter-terror missions overseas with the approval of China's Central Military Commission.
Chinese military's participation in joint anti-terrorism missions overseas upon the request of host countries will be the future trend of international anti-terrorism cooperation, according to Li Wei, a commentator from the PHTV.
The military constitutes an important part of China's anti-terrorism forces, Li said, and the new law makes it clear that upon authorization, China's security forces, including the military, armed police and public police forces, can carry out joint anti-terrorism operations with other countries overseas when necessary.
Unlike the unilateral anti-terrorism activities carried out by countries like the United States, China's Anti-terrorism Law emphasizes cooperation with the host country in the use of armed forces, which is an important direction in future international anti-terrorism operations, Li stressed.
Li Wei also pointed out that China's new Anti-terrorism Law is a law that standardizes the anti-terror work by the government and non-government sector, and it comprehensively and systematically stipulates the system, mechanism, means and measures of China's anti-terror work.
As China's first law specialized in anti-terrorism, he continued, the new law, according to the characteristics of terrorist activities and the anti-terrorism needs, systemizes and standardizes the leadership structure, early warning, prevention, handling and redressing, and definition of terrorism and terrorist organizations.
According to Li, the new law authorizes China's anti-terrorism departments to work in three aspects: Early Warning Intelligence against Terrorism and Prevention, On Spot Handling of Terrorist Incidents, and Handling of Terrorist Incident Aftermath.
Li introduced that the law grants legal authorization for on spot handling of terrorist incidents, as well as some rights for relevant anti-terror intelligence agencies to implement early warning intelligence against terrorism, including demanding some network technology companies to cooperate in anti-terror work. This complies with the international practice and has been practiced by other countries all the time.