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China’s anti-terrorism bill to put for a vote ‘in due time’

Updated: Mar 9,2015 5:31 PM     Xinhua

BEIJING — The draft law on anti-terrorism will be put for a third reading and a vote “in due time” according to the top legislature’s plan for 2015, said an official with the National People’s Congress (NPC) on March 9.

The bill has been through two readings in last October and February respectively, said Wang Aili, head of the criminal law division with the Legislative Affairs Commission of the NPC Standing Committee, at a press conference on the sidelines of the ongoing national legislative session.

“Normally, according to China’s Legislation Law, a bill will be put for a vote after three readings,” Wang said.

The bill is drafted to meet the need of China’s anti-terrorism efforts and new development of the global situation, he said.

The draft law is expected to strengthen China’s anti-terrorism efforts at the legal front.

It defines terrorism as “any speech or activity that, by means of violence, sabotage or threat, generates social panic, undermines public security, and menaces government organs and international organizations.”

It stipulates anti-terror measures on Internet security, transport, dangerous substance control, terrorism financing prevention and border control.

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