Lawmakers urge U.S. government to tighten export controls to China on security fears

Siphiwe Sibeko | November 19, 2019

Lawmakers urge U.S. government to tighten export controls to China on security fears
Top Senate Democrat Chuck Schumer and Republican Senator Tom Cotton on Monday urged the U.S. government to swiftly issue rules to make it harder to export sophisticated technologies to China that Beijing can use to boost its military. A letter by the two, seen by Reuters, was addressed to Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross. The Commerce Department has been tasked by a 2018 law with drafting regulations to toughen export controls for cutting-edge technologies.

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