China to Amend Anti-terror Law and to Set Up National Anti-terrorism Intelligence System
MOSCOW, October 27 (RIA Novosti) – Beijing will set up a national anti-terrorism intelligence system and amend the country's anti-terror law in a move that it hopes will improve intelligence gathering and the sharing of information across government departments, China's Xinhua news agency reports.
The decision was made in the wake of an upsurge in violence in the far western region of Xinjiang, which has left hundreds dead over the past two years. The ongoing conflict is being blamed by Beijing on Islamists who want to establish a separate state called East Turkestan.
According to the agency, the most recent attacks in Xinjiang have pointed to serious intelligence failures despite the massive security presence there.
Improving China's anti-terror law will also assist in "bettering international cooperation in the fight", it added.
'Our country is facing a serious and complex struggle against terrorism,' said the Xinhua agency.
Other changes will focus on the 'management' of the Internet, as well as the transportation of dangerous materials and border controls, Xinhua added, without providing details.
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