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Chongqing First City To Implement China’s New Anti-Espionage Laws

Chongqing, a Chinese megacity of more than 32 million people, has pioneered a local version of the country’s expanded counter-espionage law, requiring institutions to go through security screening when organising overseas trips.

The regulations, containing 29 articles, cover more defined and targeted counter-espionage measures than the broader national law, including setting stern oversight on overseas-related exchanges and travel.

The regulations also require institutions and personnel stationed abroad to develop security plans.

China expanded its counter-espionage law in July, with wide-ranging updates including banning the transfer of any information related to national security and broadening the definition of spying.

Chongqing also reviewed and approved its anti-spy regulations in July.

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