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China considers better defining terrorism

China says it is considering new legislation better defining terrorism in order to strengthen domestic and international efforts against such acts and those who would commit them.

world Updated: Oct 25, 2011 16:32 IST

China says it is considering new legislation better defining terrorism in order to strengthen domestic and international efforts against such acts and those who would commit them.

A proposal before the national legislature would provide more specific legal definitions for terrorists and terrorist acts based on Chinese and international precedents, making it easier to bring terrorism charges. It targets those using violence, sabotage or threats in hopes of intimidating or coercing governments or international organizations.

China's current anti-terrorism law is rarely used because of a preference of prosecuting suspects under much vaguer laws against threatening social order.

China says it faces an organized terrorist threat from radical Muslim groups.