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Encryption first target of China's new export restriction law

Rare-earth minerals left off initial list in latest escalation

WeChat messages encrypted by Chinese app LeakZero are seen on a mobile phone.   © Reuters

BEIJING -- Encryption technology and chips for ensuring data security are among the first areas subject to China's new export control law, while rare-earth minerals were not included.

The initial list, announced Wednesday by China's Ministry of Commerce and customs authorities, includes equipment and services that use commercial encryption geared toward such fields as electric utilities and finance. The restrictions will apply starting Jan. 1.

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