National Security Law in China
21 Pages Posted: 13 Sep 2012
Date Written: 1996
All nations, regardless of political persuasion, generally draft quite drastic provisions to protect national security interests. In 1993, the People's Republic of China (PRC) introduced a new National Security Law (NSL). The NSL is administered by the Ministry of National Security. There were hopes that the codification of the law on national security would be a step towards a clearer and more fair regime for protecting such interests in the PRC. Experience so far has not borne out these hopes. The efforts of the National People's Congress (the PRC Parliament) in providing a clearer and somewhat more limited statement of what constitutes threats to national security have been undermined by the NSL implementing authorities, especially through the use of subsidiary regulations. Moreover, the accountability mechanisms applying to the implementing authorities remain feeble.
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