US fails to grasp China’s ter­ror law: leg­is­la­ture

China Daily (Canada) - - FRONT PAGE - By CAO YIN

Mis­un­der­stand­ings have arisen from US op­po­si­tion to a Chi­nese draft law ask­ing US cor­po­ra­tions to dis­close their se­cu­rity-re­lated data, a spokes­woman for the an­nual ses­sion of China’s top leg­is­la­ture said on Wed­nes­day.

It is good to see the US pay­ing at­ten­tion to China’s anti-ter­ror­ism law, said Fu Ying, spokes­woman for the third ses­sion of the 12th Na­tional Peo­ple’s Congress.

But mis­un­der­stand­ings have stemmed from United States’ re­quests for Chi­nese en­ter­prises in that coun­try to re­veal se­cu­rity-re­lated in­for­ma­tion. The US is ar­gu­ing that the pro­posed Chi­nese leg­is­la­tion should not ap­ply to US com­pa­nies.

“The Chi­nese gov­ern­ment is con­cerned about ob­sta­cles faced by Chi­nese en­ter­prises that op­er­ate over­seas,” Fu said at a news con­fer­ence.

“We found that some sen­a­tors or mem­bers of the House of Rep­re­sen­ta­tives who crit­i­cized Chi­nese com­pa­nies did not re­ally un­der­stand the sit­u­a­tion.”

Fu said there has been heated dis­cus­sion of the anti-ter­ror­ism draft law — which has been given a sec­ond re­view by the top leg­is­la­ture — mainly be­cause it stip­u­lates that China can use net­work and telecom­mu­ni­ca­tion por­tals to pre­vent and in­ves­ti­gate ter­ror at­tacks.

The draft law is aimed at help­ing to fight ter­ror­ists and will ap­ply only to po­lice and of­fi­cers from na­tional se­cu­rity de­part­ments, Fu said.

“In ad­di­tion, ap­pli­ca­tions for tele­com and Web por­tals must be ap­proved strictly by the gov­ern­ment. This is in ac­cor­dance with the prin­ci­ples of the Chi­nese Ad­min­is­tra­tive Law, as well as be­ing com­mon prac­tice in­ter­na­tion­ally,” she said.

Some West­ern coun­tries, in­clud­ing the US and Bri­tain, have also re­quired tech­nol­ogy com­pa­nies to dis­close se­cu­rity-re­lated data in re­cent years, Fu said, adding that this will not harm the in­ter­ests of net­work busi­nesses.

“We hope to de­velop talks in cy­berspace on the ba­sis of re­spect, and we’d bet­ter set up uni­form rules for gov­ern­ing the net­work, not dou­ble stan­dards,” she said.

To push the anti-ter­ror­ism draft law, China’s top law­mak­ers will con­tinue to lis­ten to and ex­change views with dif­fer­ent par­ties in an ef­fort to make the leg­is­la­tion more sci­en­tific, rea­son­able and ac­cu­rate, Fu said.

China needs to build up a legal sys­tem cov­er­ing na­tional se­cu­rity, as it faces an in­creas­ingly com­pli­cated na­tional sit­u­a­tion in the era of glob­al­iza­tion, Fu said.

Fu Ying, spokes­woman for the an­nual ses­sion of the 12th Na­tional Peo­ple’s Congress

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