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New US tech import controls are unacceptably broad

Proposed regulations, targeted at China, would threaten American companies

| China
Huawei Chief Legal Officer Song Liuping attends a news conference on the company's legal action against the U.S. government on May 29: proposed import rules risk making Washington more like Beijing.   © Reuters

Although China and the U.S. have agreed to a cease-fire that will roll back certain import tariffs, Washington's push to tighten technological security is set to continue and will be arguably far more important for the future of the relationship and for global innovation.

There are already so many initiatives that a rule proposed in late November which would grant the U.S. Department of Commerce sweeping new powers over American companies gathered less attention than it should have.

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