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Draft Chinese Law Paves Way for Counter-Terror Operations Abroad

While the draft gives few details, experts said the law could initially allow military or state security counter-terrorism experts to work abroad either as part of actual investigations or in a training capacity.

“It shows a legitimate evolution in Chinese thinking on counterterrorism efforts,” said Daveed Gartenstein-Ross, a senior fellow who researches counterterrorism at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies in Washington.

“Whether the law allows for cross-border counterterrorism missions is sure to have an impact on military preparations and, ultimately, doctrine.”

Security operations by China abroad are not unprecedented. China sent gunboats down the Mekong River in cooperation with Thailand, Myanmar and Laos in 2011 to combat drug running in the Golden Triangle while its navy has conducted numerous anti-piracy patrols off the Horn of Africa.

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