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China’s Anti-Terrorism Act to Be Effective January 1, 2016

On December 27, 2015, Xinhua reported that, effective January 1, 2016, the "People’s Republic of China Anti-Terrorism Act," which the National People’s Congress Standing Committee passed on December 27, 2015, will become the law. The Anti-Terrorism Act has 10 chapters and 97 articles covering identification of terrorist organizations and personnel, security, intelligence information, investigations, response, international cooperation, safeguard measures, and legal responsibilities. 

The Deputy Director of the National Counterterrorism Office and the Ministry of Public Security Anti-Terrorism Bureau Chief, An Weixing, said that the promulgation of anti-terrorism law is to meet the needs of the ongoing campaign against terrorism and to meet our international responsibility. Terrorism is defined as “ideas and behavior that, through violence, destruction, intimidation, and other means, create social panic, endanger public safety, violate persons and property, or coerce State organs and international organizations, in order to achieve their political and ideological purposes." 
Source: Xinhua, December 27, 2015