China passes export-control law following US moves

Tit-for-tat measure follows US sanctions on Chinese chipmaker SMIC, tech giant Huawei 

by Emily Chow and Wang Jing
China passes export-control law following US moves
Chipmaker SMIC has been targeted by US sanctions. Photo: AFP

SHANGHAI: China has passed a law restricting exports of controlled items, allowing the government to act against countries that abuse export controls in a way that harm's China's interests, state media said.

The Xinhua news report late on Saturday did not name any target countries, but the United States last month angered Beijing with curbs on exports to Semiconductor Manufacturing International, China's biggest chipmaker, and it has taken various steps against Huawei Technologies and other companies.

China and the United States have clashed over issues including trade, human rights, technology and the new coronavirus, which was first detected in China.

The new Chinese law, passed on Saturday by the National People's Congress Standing Committee, the country's top legislative body, will take effect on December 1, Xinhua said.

Controlled items include military and nuclear products, as well as other goods, technologies and services and relevant data, according to a statement on the National People's Congress website. 

It said the law was "formulated for the purpose of safeguarding national security and interests."

In August, China's commerce ministry issued a revised list of technologies that are banned or restricted for export.

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 (Reporting by Emily Chow; Editing by William Mallard)

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