China expands legislation on state secrets to encompass ‘work secrets’ | Latest Espionage Updates


The revised state secrets law in China now requires government agencies to protect information that could have adverse effects if leaked but are not classified as state secrets, state media reports. This expansion of the law, the first since 2010, includes new restrictions on “work secrets,” which will go into effect on May 1. Analysts believe this update reflects President Xi Jinping’s emphasis on national security, as shown by recent changes to anti-espionage laws. The move has raised concerns among the foreign business community in China, following raids on consultancies and the detention of a Japanese executive on espionage charges. The revised law aims to enhance the protection and management of sensitive information, emphasizing coordination with data security laws. Authorities plan to release additional rules on managing work secrets in the future.


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