The draft is an update of a 2017 version, which caused a stir among foreign business groups in China due to language related to export control retaliation – a rare principle that does not exist in the export control regimes of the European Union or the United States. Photo: AFP

Trade war clues sought in China’s ‘ambiguous’ new export control law

  • China’s new export control draft law has removed references to ‘retaliation’, viewed by some as an effort to play down tensions with the United States
  • However, most agree that the law is intentionally ambiguous, with power of reprisal remaining with China’s Ministry of Commerce
Topic |   US-China trade war

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The draft is an update of a 2017 version, which caused a stir among foreign business groups in China due to language related to export control retaliation – a rare principle that does not exist in the export control regimes of the European Union or the United States. Photo: AFP
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Finbarr Bermingham

Finbarr Bermingham

Finbarr Bermingham has been reporting on Asian trade since 2014. Prior to this, he covered global trade and economics in London. He joined the Post in 2018, before which he was Asia Editor at Global Trade Review and Trade Correspondent for the International Business Times.