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China’s National Security Commission in Charge of both Domestic and Foreign Security Issues

According to China’s National Security Research Report (2014) released on May 6, 2014, China’s new National Security Commission is the highest decision making body on national security. It is also a chamber and a coordinating agency in charge of both domestic and foreign security issues. It takes responsibility for all of the following:

1)    The development and implementation of China’s national security strategy: As the scope of national security is no longer confined to military issues, the national security strategy will be developed in macro and overall perspectives

2)    The development of New National Security Law: China’s existing national security law includes counter-espionage laws, but that is too narrow. China’s new national security legislation should encompass military, political, diplomatic, economic, cultural, science and technology, information, ecology, intelligence, and other areas.

3)    The development of National Security Policies: It should develop policies on how to deal with major domestic and foreign security crises and emergencies, how to solve social conflicts, how to combat the “three forces” (terrorists, ethnic separatists, and religious extremists) and more.

4)    The study and resolution of Major National Security Problems: The National Security Commission is an inter-departmental coordination mechanism at the highest decision-making power. It involves public security, national security, military armies, police; diplomatic, transportation, economic, and intelligence departments, as well as the Foreign Affairs Office, the State Council Information Office and Hong Kong, Macao, Taiwan’s related offices.  

Source: China News, May 6, 2014