China to legally define terrorist activities

Updated: 2011-10-24 21:28


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BEIJING - China's legislature on Monday began to read an anti-terror draft bill which is expected to pave the way for further crackdowns on terrorism by defining terrorist acts and organizations.

The bill was submitted to the bimonthly session of the Standing Committee of the National People's Congress (NPC), China's top legislature, for review.

Terrorist acts are defined by the draft bill as those acts which are intended to induce public fear or to coerce state organs or international organizations by means of violence, sabotage, threats or other tactics. These acts cause or aim to cause severe harm to society by causing casualties, bringing about major economic losses, damaging public facilities or disturbing social order.

Instigating, funding or assisting with other means are also terrorist acts, according to the draft bill.

Terrorist organizations are defined in the draft bill as those which are established to conduct terrorist acts.

Terrorists are defined as those who organize, plot and conduct terrorist acts, and those who are members of terrorist groups.

The list of terrorist organizations and terrorists will be made and edited by the nation's leading anti-terror organ, and the list will be published by public security authorities under the State Council, according to the draft bill.