Saturday, November 1, 2014

China Passes a Counterespionage Law

China passed a counterespionage law on Saturday aimed at tightening state security and helping build a “comprehensive’’ national security system, state media reported.

The law will allow authorities to seal or seize any property linked to activities deemed harmful to the country, the Xinhua news agency said.

Authorities can also ask organizations or individuals to stop or modify any behavior regarded as damaging to China’s interests, Xinhua said. Refusal to comply would allow enforcement agencies to confiscate properties.

Possession of espionage equipment, as defined by the state security department, had also been made illegal, Xinhua said. The news agency gave no further details. (more) (more)