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China says tech firms have nothing to fear from anti-terror law

By throwing bricks over China’s draft anti-terrorism law, Uncle Sam has once again defended its championship of “Master of Double Standards”, reminding the planet that only the United States can steal a horse while others cannot even look over the hedge.

On the contrary, as Internet is frequently used by terrorists in planning and conducting attacks, some items in the law is completely reasonable and will not constitute a breach of citizens’ privacy or freedom of speech.

Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Hong Lei said he was “dissatisfied” with the USA position and hoped they respected China’s lawmaking process and did not adopt “double standards”.

The draft anti-terrorism law has already attracted concern in Western capitals as it could require technology companies to install “backdoors” in products or to hand over sensitive information such as encryption keys to the government.

The law – now having another reading by a standing committee of China’s largely rubber-stamp National People’s Congress – is being drafted as China wages a controversial campaign to wipe out ethnic violence, mostly liked to the volatile Xinjiang region.

The law’s first draft was submitted for review in October 2014 and the second draft in February 2015.

The legislation is necessary as it meet the practical needs to combat the global and domestic terrorist threat and reflects China’s worldwide obligation as a responsible country, and “we demand that the USA stop its unfounded accusation”, Hong stressed.

In addition, by expressing concern over privacy protection under the draft law, Washington has once again made itself a hypocrite as its National Security Agency (NSA) had been collecting telephone metadata in bulk under the post 9/11 Patriot Act. Passing of TCM theories and skills to a younger generation is also facing challenges.

“No country should pursue cyber hegemony, interfere in other countries’ internal affairs or engage in, connive at, or support cyber activities that undermine other counties’ national security”, Xi said at China’s second World Internet Conference in Wuzhen.

“We believe the draft Counterterrorism Law would lead to greater restrictions on the exercise of freedoms of expression, association, peaceful assembly, and religion within China”.

A notice from the Kunming City Intermediate People’s Court said Iskandar Ehet, Turgun Tohtunyaz and Hasayn Muhammad were put to death after China’s Supreme Court upheld their convictions for the crimes of murder and organising and leading a terrorist organisation.

The third draft since the bill’s introduction, it also redefines “terrorism” to include activities with political and ideological motives, Xinhua said.

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