Publication Date : Tuesday 28 October 2014 13:31
China to set up anti-terrorism system: Report
China will reportedly set up a national anti-terrorism intelligence system as part of a proposed anti-terror law, following a rise in violence in the western region of Xinjiang.
“China will set up an anti-terrorism intelligence gathering center to coordinate and streamline intelligence gathering in the field, according to a draft law submitted for reading on Monday,” the official Xinhua news agency reported.
The draft anti-terror is aimed at improving intelligence gathering and the sharing of information across government departments, the news agency said.
The security law will also enhance international cooperation to face “a serious and complex struggle against terrorism,” according to the report.
Other changes to the proposed intelligence center will focus on the management of the Internet, the transport of dangerous materials and border controls.
“[People guilty of] promoting terrorism and extremism by producing and distributing related materials, releasing information, instructing in person or through audio, video or information networks will face more than five years in prison in serious cases,” Xinhua said.
Hundreds of people have been killed in China’s Muslim-majority Xinjiang Uighur region in the past two years.
Experts have traced the attacks to serious intelligence failures despite a massive security presence in the region.
In April, a bombing and a knife attack at a train station occurred as Chinese President Xi Jinping was wrapping up a visit to the area.
Earlier this year, China’s English-language Global Times newspaper demanded ‘ethnic healing’ in the Xinjiang region, after the killing of over a dozen people during clashes between Chinese security forces and an armed mob.
The state-run newspaper also called on authorities to take necessary steps in Xinjiang, including recruiting more local police, in an effort to stop the violence in the region.