China to widen draft security law to cover space, sea and polar interests

China will add its assets and activities in space, the deep sea and polar regions to its pending national security law, state media said on Wednesday, the latest changes to the sweeping and controversial draft legislation.

President Xi Jinping, who heads a new national security commission, has said China’s security covered a wide array of areas, including politics, culture, the military, the economy, technology and the environment.

But foreign business groups and diplomats have argued that the draft national security law, which could be adopted after a third reading over the next week by China’s top legislative committee, was too broad and vague.

“Harmful moral standards”, for example, would also be handled under the law, state media said after its second reading in April the National People’s Congress Standing Committee.

China would “peacefully explore and exploit” space, international seabeds and polar regions, and strengthen the security of “activities, assets and other interests” there, the official news agency Xinhua said.

Full article: China to widen draft security law to cover space, sea and polar interests (South China Morning Post)

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