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Monday, October 29, 2012

China adopted new anti-terrorism legislation
Garrett Eisenhour at 12:00 AM ET

On October 29, 2011, China passed anti-terrorism legislation, amending the definition of "acts of terror" and the establishment of procedures for its security forces in responding to such situations. The law, proposed before the Standing Committee of China National People's Congress (NPC), was created because the previous law did not define "terrorist," "terrorist organization" or "terrorist acts." In August 2011, Philippine President Benigno Aquino III had urged his country's legislators to remove wrongful detention penalty provisions from its anti-terrorism laws so as to give authorities more leeway in perusing potential terrorist threats.

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