China infuriates the west and muslims by passing harsh anti-terror laws aimed at quelling Islamic activity in the country
BEIJING—China’s rubber-stamp national legislature on Dec. 27 approved the country’s first anti-terrorism law, amid concerns that its requirements that tech companies share information with the government could hurt business interests and further infringe upon human rights.
The National People’s Congress said its standing committee adopted the law with a unanimous vote. The law goes into effect Jan. 1.
Rights advocates and foreign governments, including Washington, have expressed concerns about the law’s likely impact on tech businesses and freedom of speech.
They say it is troublesome that telecommunications companies and Internet service providers are required to share encryption keys and back-door access with the police and state security agents seeking to prevent terrorist activities or investigating terror acts.
Chinese officials said Dec. 27 that the requirements for the tech firms are necessary because terrorists are increasingly turning to cyberspace.
They said lawmakers balanced the needs to fight terrorism and to protect business interests and public rights.
“Relevant regulations in the anti-terrorism law will not affect the normal business operation of companies, and we do not use the law to set up ‘back doors’ to violate the intellectual
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