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China's extraterritorial use of export control law draws concern

Beijing's willingness to leverage trade for foreign influence requires scrutiny

A containership in Shenzhen, China, in September: There are concerns that Beijing's export control law could also cover raw materials produced in China, processed overseas then exported to a third country.   © Reuters

Citing national security, China on December 1 enacted an export control law that tightens restrictions on shipments of strategic goods. Foreign companies are concerned that they could be greatly affected if Beijing further expands the scope of export controls. Governments and economic groups should strongly urge China to address these concerns and apply the law in a transparent manner.

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