First Armed Police Law Set to Pass

China Daily reports on a new draft law that would make responsible for handling social incidents such as, “, unrest, large-scale violent crimes and terrorist attacks”:

The revised draft of the armed police law was submitted to the top legislature for a second reading Monday, four months after its first review.

It makes clear that the armed police would be responsible for handling public security incidents such as “riots, unrest, large-scale violent crimes and terrorist attacks”.

The first draft only stated the team helps handle “public security incidents and terrorist attacks”.

The change is being made following suggestions from the local and central departments, said Liu Xirong, vice-chairman of the National People’s Congress (NPC) Law Committee.

“Based on that experience, we’d better make clear their responsibility in similar incidents,” Liu said.

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