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China's expanded espionage law has businesses walking on eggshells

Experts warn that political discussions, photography could trigger scrutiny

Paramilitary police officers stand guard in a Shanghai shopping district. China is cracking down on the transfer of potentially sensitive information under its updated security law.   © Reuters

BEIJING/TOKYO -- Foreign companies in China are scrambling to ensure their staff and operations steer clear of the country's newly expanded counterespionage law.

The National People's Congress passed the revisions Wednesday, expanding the definition of espionage from the illegal transfer of state secrets to that of "documents, data, materials, or items related to national security."

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