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"Double standards" harm international anti-terrorism efforts

Editor: Tong Xinxin 丨CCTV.com

12-31-2015 15:42 BJT

By Ling Dequan, researcher of Center for World Affairs Studies,Xinhua News Agency

Terrorism is alarming the world and hence more international cooperation to combat it is necessary. China’s top legislature has adopted the nation's first counter-terrorism law on Dec. 27.

It’s an important contribution and the world media has paid close attention to the new law. 

However, Washington’s negative remarks on the matter are irresponsible. The US State Department had expressed "concern," claiming the law would constrict US trade and investment in China and lead to restrictions on the freedoms of expression and religion.

However, this is Washington’s “double standards” over fighting terrorism. 
Terrorism is threatening world peace and development.

Violent terrorist incidents against China have been on the rise recently; seriously threatening its national security, people's lives and property.
The new law can prevent the spread of terrorism. China is a responsible major nation.

Effective counter-terrorism measures and respect for human rights are mutually reinforcing. The Chinese government attaches great importance to balance both. It will strengthen law enforcement to safeguard the legitimate rights and interests of citizens and organizations.

With the rapid development of information technology, networks have been used more frequently by terrorists to organize criminal activities.  It’s time to strengthen measures against that.

The US and other countries have similar laws as well. The US "Communications Assistance for Law Enforcement Act (CALEA)" requires that companies provide assistance for lawful interception to law enforcement officials, and to provide support to decrypt the encrypted communication process.

China's "Counter-Terrorism Law" also stipulates the same for telecom operators and internet service providers, which should provide technical interface and decryption and other technical support for the public security bodies to prevent and investigate terrorist activities. This is a reasonable request.

This provision does not restrict legitimate business activities, nor does it leave a  "backdoor" open to infringe on corporate intellectual property right or citizens’ freedom of speech on line.

A mainstream German media outlet, Neue Deutsche Zeitung, cited China’s Xinhua News Agency as saying,

"It is imperative for China to enact its anti-terrorism law. But it drew criticism. The first who stands out is the United States."

"The US president and senior economists believe that China's freedom of expression and privacy would be threatened, the foreign side’s - that refers to themselves here - encryption technology of tech enterprises would face the possibility of leakage."

"But it is exactly the US itself - and its most important allies - in the name of 'war on terror', is doing all those they have been critical of Beijing."

"For them, doing the same thing by themselves or with allies as what Beijing is doing is a completely different story. They are not been treated equally. So their criticism on China is hypocritical."

Washington’s accusations against Beijing are unjustified. The US should respect China's legislation.

Adopting "double standards" and making irresponsible remarks would only harm bilateral relations and undermine global counter-terrorism cooperation.


( The opinions expressed here do not necessarily reflect the opinions of Panview or CCTV.com. )



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