China's counter-terrorism law won't affect companies' lawful business

Updated: 2016-03-02 00:52

By Wang Qingyun(

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China's counter-terrorism law and two other draft laws won't affect companies' lawful businesses or legitimate rights and interests of citizens and organizations, Foreign Ministry spokesman Hong Lei on Tuesday.

Hong Lei's remarks came after Reuters reported that the ambassadors of the United States, Canada, Germany, Japan and the European Union signed a letter to China expressing concern over its counter-terrorism law, the draft cyber security law and the draft law on management of foreign non-government organizations.

The Standing Committee of the National People's Congress of China adopted the counter-terrorism law on Dec 27.

Hong said it is a common practice for all countries to adopt legislation on counter-terrorism, and the other laws were also put forward in response to the practical needs of China's national security and social development.

"In the course of unveiling these laws, China had diligently studied and taken reference from the laws and regulations of relevant countries as well as international common practices," he said.

"It is hoped that relevant countries can respect China's judicial sovereignty and view China's legislation activities positively and objectively. "

He said China is willing to remain in touch with all relevant parties on the basis of mutual respect and equal cooperation.