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China takes wider aim at foreign tech with national standards plan

Proposed regulation would reach deep into supply chains

An electronics store at a Chinese shopping mall. Foreign companies not going along with standards in the country would risk forfeiting the market.   © Reuters

BEIJING -- Proposed Chinese national technology standards signal a broader push to restrict foreign manufacturers, presenting them with a potential choice between divulging vital design details or abandoning a vast market.

The new rules are likely to be felt first in office equipment such as printers and multifunction copiers as early as next year.

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