China has issued a draft revision to its national defence law as it seeks to enhance security in key areas like cyberspace, and improve communication between the government and the military . The document, which has been under deliberation for almost two years, was released by the Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress on Wednesday and will remain open for public comment until November 19. Under the draft, a “coordination mechanism” for discussing important defence matters will be established between the State Council – China’s cabinet – and the Communist Party’s Central Military Commission. The areas of primary concern were cybersecurity, space and technologies related to electromagnets, it said. The document said also that China would “take part in global security governance and support global efforts to international arms control”. It also highlighted the need for more research into defence technologies and encouraged investment by companies and organisations from outside the military sector. China’s military moves targeting Taiwan are more about intimidation than invasion, analysts say China’s Defence Minister Wei Fenghe said last week that the changes incorporated in the draft, which has been under discussion since January 2019, were “urgently needed” given the heightened state of strategic rivalry around the world. The revised legislation was necessary to “defend the nation’s sovereignty, unity, territorial integrity and development interests” and “safeguard [its] overseas interests”, he was quoted by state media as saying. China was “facing increasingly complicated security threats and challenges” and “adjustments to the defence policy regime” were necessary to address them, he said. Song Zhongping, a military commentator based in Hong Kong, said the revision was based on Beijing’s assessment of the external security situation. China was facing “huge strategic pressure” from the US, in areas like Taiwan and the South China Sea , he said. The release of the draft comes after US Defence Secretary Mark Esper last week appealed for greater US spending on defence to counter the “challenges we face, especially from China”, which he described as a “near-peer rival”. John Mearsheimer, an international relations scholar at the University of Chicago, said last week that the US would not tolerate China becoming a “peer competitor” and said “there is a real possibility that there will be a war between those two countries”.