China adopts national security strategy guidline

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A national security strategy guideline was adopted at the meeting convened by the Political Bureau of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee Friday.

The leadership warned that China was facing unprecedented security risks and should remain on alert.

The bureau convened on Friday for a meeting on security, it was presided over by President Xi Jinping who is also general secretary of the CPC Central Committee.

According to a statement issued after the meeting, risks were unpredictable so the country must always be mindful of potential dangers.

The statement said China will protect its security in "a pattern [consistent] with Chinese characteristics", firmly protect its core interests -- with the safety of its people as its main mission -- and safeguard national security through reform and economic development.

Also, China will contribute to global prosperity while actively protecting its interests, maintain favorable relations with other major countries, work for a safe neighborhood and step up cooperation with developing countries.

China will take an active part in global and regional governance and contribute to world peace and development.

It underscored that national security must be under the absolute leadership of the CPC's efficient and unified command.

At its third plenary session in November 2013, the CPC Central Committee decided to establish a national security commission headed by President Xi.

At the commission's first meeting last April, Xi advocated an "overall national security outlook".

Last month, a new draft of the national security law was put before China's top legislature, it will replace a previous law, which took effect in 1993 has been renamed the Counterespionage Law inline with its content.

Friday's statement pledged to raise public awareness and improve agency capacity.

At the meeting, the committee members also reviewed a report on a briefing held last Friday to its Standing Committee from the "leading Party groups" in the five major organs -- the Standing Committee of the National People's Congress (NPC); the State Council; the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC) National Committee; the Supreme People's Court (SPC); and the Supreme People's Procuratorate (SPP).

The statement acknowledged that the briefing was advantageous to improving the state organs and should become a regular occurrence.

It stressed that party organs at the NPC Standing Committee, the State Council, the CPPCC National Committee, the SPC and the SPP should always stand along side the CPC Central Committee in terms of principles, policies and actions.

They should fully implement the central leadership's decisions and make they all work for the same end, it said.

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