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Legislative Authority

China's leadership was so impressed with the favorable international reaction that it received for its revisions of the Criminal Procedure Law in March 1996, that a corresponding set of revisions to the country's Criminal Law were enacted in March 1997. These included the long-awaited repeal of the historic counterrevolution statutes (Articles 90 to 104) and their replacement with systematic provisions for the punishment of "crimes endangering state security".

However, other particulars of the MSS' legislative authority remain ambiguous. The legislative aspects of the government continues to be shadowed by the elusive behavior of the PRC.

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