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China's expansive anti-spying law to take effect July 1

Wider scope of national security puts foreigners at greater risk, analysts say

A paramilitary police officer stands guard outside the Great Hall of the People in Beijing.   © Reuters

BEIJING -- China on Wednesday approved an updated counterespionage law that greatly expands what is viewed as spying, the official Xinhua News Agency reported, a move that analysts say will put foreigners conducting business in the country under greater risk of scrutiny by authorities.

The revisions, the first since the law was enacted in 2014, were passed by the Standing Committee of the National People's Congress and will take effect July 1.

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