On July 1 2015, China’s top legislature adopted a new national security law highlighting cybersecurity and demanding the establishment of a coordinated, efficient crisis management system.

The new law, which will be signed into force by President Xi Jinping on July 8, 2015, covers a wide spectrum of areas including defence, finance, science and technology, culture and religion. Outer space activities and assets, as well as those at ocean depths and in polar regions are also covered by the new legislation. The new law also includes a clause on cyberspace sovereignty, making the Internet and IT, infrastructure, information systems and data in key sectors “secure and controllable.”

Xinhua Insight: China adopts new law on national security