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US-China tensions

China passes export control law with potential for rare-earths ban

Legislation empowers government to cast wide net on foreign companies

Containers wait to be shipped in China's Dalian port. (Photo by Akira Kodaka)

BEIJING -- China's top legislature on Saturday passed a law on export control, allowing the government to ban exports of strategic materials and advanced technology to specific foreign companies on its equivalent of the U.S. Department of Commerce's Entity List.

"China may take countermeasures against any country or region that abuses export-control measures and poses a threat to China's national security and interests, according to the law," the official Xinhua News Agency reported.

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