What people don’t realize is that this new law can likely be widely interpreted to justify an attack on any country. It will all naturally depend on how ‘terrorism’ is defined within. Nations in the vicinity of China, espcially Taiwan, should be giving special attention to developments like this.
China was weighing up a proposal to let its troops head overseas on counterterrorism missions, analysts said, citing military officials attending a security forum in Beijing last week.
The draft of the country’s first counterterrorism law includes clauses that would authorise the army and the paramilitary police to carry out counterterrorism missions abroad if the deployment had the consent of the countries involved, Chinese delegates told the Xiangshan Forum last week, according to analysts at the regional security meeting.
The draft legislation was submitted to the National People’s Congress Standing Committee in October and is not yet approved.
Li Wei, a counterterrorism analyst at the China Institutes of Contemporary International Relations, said the legislation would authorise Chinese troops to fight terrorism beyond its borders.
He said Chinese troops rarely ventured abroad, with the most recent instance being in 2004 when armed police were sent to guard the embassy in Iraq.
Renmin University international relations professor Jin Canrong said China was cautious about taking part in overseas operations, given its long-standing principle of non-interference in the internal affairs of other countries. But it was now prepared to be more proactive.
Full article: New law may authorise Chinese military to fight terrorists abroad (South China Morning Post)