China rejected the claim of checking phones on arrival in China, said it is absolutely absurd

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Some hostile overseas anti-China forces have seized the opportunity to distort the truth by making slanderous and false accusations, the ministry said in a statement on its public WeChat account.

A piece of news caught the attention of the country and the world when it was said that from July 1, all people entering China will have to undergo mobile checks. However, Beijing immediately dismissed this as false and said that it was a distortion of the truth by ‘anti-China’ forces. On April 26, the Ministry of State Security released documents saying that the reach of law enforcement regulations was broadened and this helped to deal with illegal activities that threatened national security.

“Some hostile overseas anti-China forces have seized the opportunity to distort the truth by making slanderous and false accusations,” the ministry said in a statement on its public WeChat account, dismissing as “absolutely absurd” the probe’s claim that all arrivals must undergo phone checks upon entry. The new national security rule has attracted widespread public attention and positive response, it said, adding that the newly revised counter-espionage law sets out specific rules on the lawful inspection of electronic devices and facilities.

The ministry said the target of such inspections should be individuals or organisations involved in espionage work, such as suspected spies who take photos or videos in military restricted areas or classified units. The incident comes after Chinese lawmakers this year expanded the state secrets law for the first time since 2010, expanding the scope of restricted sensitive information to include information described as working secrets.

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