China's New Counter-Terrorism Law

By Paul Rosenzweig
Tuesday, December 29, 2015, 1:43 PM

Just in time for the new year, China has passed its new counter-terrorism law. Here (HT: Adam Segal) is a partial English translation of it. What strikes me most clearly in the text is the (purposeful??) echos of American counter-terrorism law and structure. One note: Some news reports suggest that the law will require tech companies to create backdoors. I don't see that explictly -- perhaps it is in the untranslated text? Or perhaps it is an inference from Article 51: "Public security organs investigating suspected terrorist activities have the right to gather and collect relevant information and materials from relevant units and individuals. Relevant units and individuals shall truthfully provide it."