China has released a draft cybersecurity law which immediately sparked concerns that it is too vague and could signal Beijing’s widespread censorship of the Internet becoming even more far-reaching.

The ruling Communist Party oversees a vast censorship system — dubbed the Great Firewall — that aggressively blocks sites or snuffs out Internet content and commentary on topics considered sensitive, such as Beijing’s human rights record and criticism of the government.

The proposed legislation will “ensure network security, (and) safeguard the sovereignty of cyberspace and national security,” according to the draft law, which was posted Monday on the website of the National People’s Congress (NPC), the rubber-stamp parliament, but reported by state media Wednesday.

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