China Approves Law Governing Armed Police Force
The law is the first to explicitly govern the force, whose members serve as border guards, security details for government officials, firefighters and disaster-relief workers, but are best known outside China for their role in suppressing political and social unrest.
The troops will have authority in “handling rebellion, riots, large-scale serious criminal violence, terror attacks and other social safety incidents,” according to a summary of the new law published by the state-run Xinhua news agency before the measure was approved.
The legislation also apparently removes the authority of county-level local officials to summon the force to handle disorders. Ordinary Chinese have complained that the armed police are sometimes enlisted by low-level government officials to abusively bolster their powers, sometimes with excessive force.
See also a post on the law from Forgotten Archipelogoes.