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International relations

US move to wall off tech unsettles Asian companies

Rules aimed at Chinese poaching also ensnare Japan and South Korea

Attendees watch a display made up of curved OLED television screens at the LG Electronics booth during the 2019 CES in Las Vegas on Jan. 8. The proposed U.S. export regulations on new technologies will likely impact operations of Asian companies like LG.    © Reuters

WASHINGTON/TOKYO/LAS VEGAS, U.S. -- The U.S. government is set to sharply expand restrictions on foreign access to sensitive technologies, a move aimed at curbing China's ambitions but whose unclear scope worries Asian companies with businesses dependent on both countries.

The Department of Commerce on Thursday closes a public comment period on a proposal to expand export controls to 14 areas of new technologies with an eye toward national security. They include artificial intelligence, robotics and biotechnology as well as fields still in the early stages of development, such as brain-computer interfaces.

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