China to set up national anti-terrorism intelligence system

Updated - November 17, 2021 12:46 am IST

Published - October 27, 2014 11:45 am IST - BEIJING

China will set up a national anti-terrorism intelligence system, state media said on Monday, reporting changes to an anti-terror law expected to be passed this week in the wake of an upsurge in violence in the far western region of Xinjiang.

Amendments to the counter-terrorism law aimed to improve intelligence gathering and the sharing of information across government departments, while also enhancing international cooperation, the official Xinhua news agency said.

Other changes will focus on the "management" of the Internet, the transport of dangerous materials and border controls, Xinhua added, without providing details.

Some recent attacks in Xinjiang have pointed to serious intelligence failures despite the massive security presence there, including a bomb and knife attack at a train station in April that happened as President Xi Jinping was wrapping up a visit to the area.

The government also plans to amend the National Security Law, replacing it with a counter-espionage law.

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