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China Set to Pass Law Protecting Vital Tech From U.S.

  • National security behind bid to curb material, tech flows
  • China’s rules take leaf from U.S. book to rein in companies
A Huawei thermal engineer performs a heat test at the Bantian campus in Shenzhen.
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China is set to pass a new law that would restrict sensitive exports vital to national security, expanding its toolkit of policy options as competition grows with the U.S. over access to technologies that will drive the modern economy.

China’s top legislative body, the National People’s Congress Standing Committee, is expected to adopt the measure in a session that concludes on Saturday. The Export Control Law primarily aims to protect China’s national security by regulating the export of sensitive materials and technologies that appear on a control list. It would apply to all companies in China, including foreign-invested ones.