According to Nanfang Dushi Bao (Southern Metropolis Daily), the first China national security blue book, the China National Security Research Report 2014, was released on May 6, 2014. It was prepared by the Strategic and Security Research Center under China’s Institute of International Relations. The Report reviewed, evaluated, and analyzed the national security issues of the past year and proposed countermeasures to the security challenges that China faces.
The report found that China’s terrorist activities showed a pattern of geographic expansion, with government agencies and police as the main targets of attacks and the use of rudimentary tools as weapons. There were 10 terrorist attacks in 2013.
The report stressed that relying on only some of the traditional government bodies cannot effectively curb the terrorist attacks due to their profound international background. The newly established State Security Committee (SSC) is “a strategic move to safeguard national security effectively.”
The report stated that, based on the Party’s documents, "The SSC is the highest decision making body on national security. It is also the executive and coordinating body of the highest authority.”
According to the report, the SSC will coordinate both domestic and overseas security. It has four functions: the development and implementation of a national security strategy, the promotion of the rule of law in national security, the development of national security policies, and the conduct of studies to solve major national security issues.
Source: Nanfang Dushi Bao (Southern Metropolis Daily), May 7, 2014