Editor’s Note: Much like the West, the big Eastern Powers of Russia and China use the fear of ‘terrorism’ to grab power, justify mass surveillance and stifle dissent. All states do this, not just Western ones.
China has passed controversial new anti-terrorism laws, saying they are needed to combat growing threats.
The new laws, passed on Sunday by China’s legislature, create a new anti-terror agency and security forces with significant powers.
Critics say the laws are too broad and can be used against dissidents and religious minorities.
China has blamed Muslim Uighur separatists from Xinjiang for several public attacks in recent years.
Last week several Western governments issued warnings for foreigners in Beijing’s Sanlitun neighbourhood citing intelligence of a possible threat there.
Under the new law, China will have a single counter-terrorism body which the country’s public security ministry says “will be in charge of identifying terrorist activities and personnel, and coordinate nationwide anti-terrorist work”.
…The law will also give the authorities greater rights to monitor private communications. Just like in other countries, the government says this will not infringe liberty.
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