Much on the expected lines, 159 legislators of the National People's Congress (NPC) Standing Committee unanimously adopted the draft law earlier approved by the ruling Communist Party of China (CPC).

The new law makes it legal for the People's Liberation Army (PLA) to participate in counter terror missions overseas.

The PLA and the country's armed police forces may carry out such operations with the approval from the Central Military Commission, the new law says.

Public security and national security authorities may also send personnel overseas for counter-terrorism missions, with the approval from the government and agreements from concerned countries.

The anti-terrorism law is also applicable to other provinces including Tibet which in the past witnessed over 120 self-immolations against tightening of security controls.

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