A new anti terrorism law has been passed by the highest legislature in China, the Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress. This timely and necessary law is well received by countries around the world that are also facing the threats of terrorism. Unfortunately and expectedly, the USA is at their worst behavior again, attacking and criticizing China on everything, even this law against terrorism.
What are the real issues or non issues that the Americans are raising? The points being flagged by the Americans are, one, technology firms are required to help to decrypt information on terrorism if demanded by the Chinese authority. Two, there is a provision to limit the media from making reports related to terrorist attacks that are cruel or inhuman.
Why are these two provisions so difficult to the Americans that they have to react so negatively and totally dismissed the spirit and intent of the anti terrorist law? The first objection to require technology firms to decipher information suspected of terrorist related activities is only proper and necessary. The Chinese authority is not demanding that the technology firms revealed their encryption codes but to produce the decrypted information. Why is this so difficult to comply? If the technology firms are not involved with unlawful or espionage activities they have nothing to fear. And it is only right that such demands be handled professionally. The US govt would similarly make such demands to any technology firms operating in the USA.
No foreign firm operating in any country is allowed to operate freely and not to cooperate with the local govt to tackle terrorist activities and threats. How is this law more compromising than the sweeping American law to monitor and eavesdrop on the communications and phone conversations of its citizens and leaders, including foreign leaders?
The second objection is even more baseless. It is only decent for the mass media not to air inhuman or cruel terrorist acts and risks them being imitated or copied by other potential terrorists. The Americans themselves have banned reports or references to how they dealt with terrorists and the activities in Guantanamo Bay Detention Camp.
It is time the Americans act and behave more responsibly in this war against terrorism and cooperate with other nations and not to pull the rug off the feet of countries fighting the terrorists. The American’s attack on China’s anti terrorist law is bizarre and shameful and speaks poorly on America as a world leader.
PS. I want to preempt Veritas from going tangentially off course and stick to the issue of terrorism.