CHINA TO BOOST POW­ERS OF SPY AGEN­CIES

US fears law can be used to sup­press dis­sent, si­lence for­eign groups

New Straits Times - - World -

BEIJING to China to post­pone a newly-adopted cy­ber­se­cu­rity law.

They warned it could vi­o­late Beijing’s free-trade com­mit­ments.

Chi­nese of­fi­cials main­tain tighter data con­trols are needed to pre­vent ter­ror­ism and antigov­ern­ment ac­tiv­ity.

The lat­est pro­posal would al­low au­thor­i­ties to use elec­tronic sur­veil­lance tech­niques and seize ve­hi­cles and real es­tate.

It calls for col­lab­o­ra­tion on in­tel­li­gence op­er­a­tions at all lev­els of Chi­nese so­ci­ety, in­clud­ing the mil­i­tary, pub­lic in­sti­tu­tions and cit­i­zens.

The law also states that in­tel­li­gence op­er­a­tives who abuse their pow­ers will be sub­ject to pros­e­cu­tion.

Au­thor­i­ties here last month be­gan of­fer­ing cash re­wards of up to 500,000 yuan (RM319,000) for cit­i­zens who turn in for­eign spies. The pro­posed law al­lows for re­wards for “ma­jor con­tri­bu­tions” to in­tel­li­gence ac­tiv­i­ties to be of­fered na­tion­wide. AP

AFP PIX

Pomera­nian Goldie re­ceiv­ing acupunc­ture treat­ment at the Re­nal­vet clinic in New Delhi re­cently. (In­set) Dr Fer­nanda Scarpa Rodrigues.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Malaysia

© PressReader. All rights reserved.