China slams U.S. double standards on terrorism

China has rebuffed U.S. criticism of its first anti-terrorism law, urging Washington to refrain from applying "double standards" in fighting terrorism.

The response on Wednesday comes after the U.S. raised questions about the impact of China's anti-terrorism law on U.S. companies.

Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Hong Lei says drafting the law is "entirely logical and reasonable."

"Terrorism has become a major factor that affects global security; it has become the common enemy of mankind. China is also facing grave challenges from terrorism. The Chinese people's property and safety are being threatened. We enact the anti-terrorism law for the purpose of bringing the legal system to perfection and fighting against terrorist forces."

The spokesman pointed out that as the Internet is frequently used by terrorists in planning and conducting attacks, countries including the United States enacted laws obligating Internet operators and service providers to provide assistance to law enforcement agencies.

"The provisions of the law will not restrict the lawful operations and management of enterprises; neither do they leave "back doors" or encroach upon the property rights of enterprises or the freedom of speech by citizens. We hope the United States will respect China's legislation activities and not to indulge in double standards."

Hong also stressed that fighting terrorism is part of the effort to protect human rights.

The draft anti-terrorism law is expected to be passed by the end of this month.


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