Anti-terror draft has ‘no back­doors’

China Daily (Canada) - - TOP NEWS - ByWANG QINGYUN wangqingyun@ chi­nadaily.com.cn

China’s anti-ter­ror­ism leg­is­la­tion will not hurt law­ful busi­ness and will not leave “back­doors” for In­ter­net hack­ing, the For­eignMin­istry said on Wed­nes­day, re­buk­ing the United States for its con­cerns.

The Stand­ing Com­mit­tee of China’sNa­tional Peo­ple’s Congress re­viewe­donMon­day the third draft of the anti-ter­ror­ism law, which leg­is­la­tors sug­gested should be passed.

For­eign Min­istry spokesman Hong Lei said the US should re­spect China’s leg­is­la­tion and not adopt a dou­ble stan­dard, since US law has sim­i­lar pro­vi­sions on anti-ter­ror­ism for the telecom­mu­ni­ca­tions sec­tor and the In­ter­net.

“A num­ber of coun­tries, in­clud­ing the US, have stip­u­lated in leg­is­la­tion the obli­ga­tions of net­work op­er­a­tors and ser­vice providers to as­sist coun­tert­er­ror­ism as needed,” he said, cit­ing theUS wire­tap­ping law known as the Com­mu­ni­ca­tions As­sis­tance for LawEn­force­ment Act.

“China’s draft anti-ter­ror­ism law con­tains a pro­vi­sion re­quir­ing telecom­mu­ni­ca­tion com­pa­nies and In­ter­net ser­vice providers to of­fer tech­ni­cal sup­port such as tech­ni­cal in­ter­faces and de­cryp­tion for the de­part­ments of pub­lic se­cu­rity and na­tional se­cu­rity to pre­vent and in­ves­ti­gate ter­ror­ist ac­tiv­i­ties. This is to­tally rea­son­able,” saidHong.

The pro­vi­sion will not re­strict com­pa­nies’ law­ful busi­ness, and the is­sue of “back­doors” doesn’t ex­ist, Hong said. The leg­is­la­tion won’t in­fringe on in­tel­lec­tual property rights or free­dom of speech on the In­ter­net, he added.

Ter­ror­ists have in­creas­ingly used the In­ter­net to plan and con­duct crimes, which ur­gently calls for strength­en­ing sys­tems and mea­sures, he said.

The US should dis­pel its mis­trust of China, said Lu Chuany­ing, as­sis­tant re­searcher at the Shang­hai In­sti­tutes for In­ter­na­tional Stud­ies. “It’s im­pos­si­ble that China, as a large In­ter­net coun­try, would base its de­vel­op­ment on in­fringe­ment of IPR. What’s more, China has in­ter­na­tional obli­ga­tions (in pro­tect­ing IPR),” he said.

TheUS should con­duct rea­son­able di­a­logue through rel­e­vant sys­tems that both coun­tries agreed upon dur­ing Pres­i­dent Xi Jin­ping’s visit to the US, in­stead of voic­ing blame ar­bi­trar­ily, he said.

Ef­fec­tively com­bat­ing ter­ror­ism and pro­tect­ing hu­man rights com­ple­ment each other, saidHong, ask­ing theUS to “stop making ac­cu­sa­tions for no rea­son”.

“The Chi­nese gov­ern­ment at­taches great im­por­tance to han­dling the re­la­tions be­tween anti-ter­ror­ism and pro­tect­ing hu­man rights. It will strengthen the reg­u­la­tion of law en­force­ment and pro­tect the law­ful rights of peo­ple,” he said, adding that the leg­is­la­tion is rea­son­able, since ter­ror­ism se­verely threat­ens China.

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