In October 2023, China and Myanmar joined forces to tackle telecom fraud, catching 2,317 suspects and reducing cases significantly.
Criminal Law 刑法
In June 2023, the English version of the Criminal Law of the People's Republic of China was published online by China’s top legislature, the National People’s Congress. The full text is available here.
In June 2023, China’s Supreme People’s Court, Supreme People’s Procuratorate, and Ministry of Public Security jointly issued the proposed “Guidelines on Fighting Cyberbullying Crimes and Violations (Draft for Public Comment)”. The Draft provides that such an act may be recognized as an insult or defamation under the Criminal Law, or as an infringement of personality rights under the Civil Code.
In China, cybercrime involving individuals' privacy is known as the crime of violating citizens' personal information.
In 2020, China reported an overall crime rate of approximately 105.81, with the violent crime rate being 3.26.
In 2021, China recorded an overall crime rate of approximately 121.38, with the violent crime rate being 3.47.
In May 2023, China’s Supreme People’s Court and Supreme People’s Procuratorate issued the sentencing guidelines for sex crimes against minors. Under the guidelines, anyone who coerces or induces a minor to expose his/her private parts or to commit any obscene act by such means as online video chatting or sending videos or photos shall be convicted and punished for the crime of coercive molestation or the crime of molesting a child.
Under Chinese criminal laws, where a juvenile has reached 18 when committing a crime and is sentenced to fixed-term imprisonment of five years or a lighter punishment, the criminal records concerned shall be sealed for preservation.