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China Criticizes New US IT Purchasing Law

ITphotoChina’s government is speaking out against a new law requiring some U.S. federal agencies to obtain approval from law enforcement before buying information technology products made in China, Reuters reports.

Citing state media, Megha Rajagopalan writes that a Chinese commerce ministry spokesman claimed the bill is unfair to China-based enterprises and presumes guilt.

“This will directly impact partnerships of Chinese enterprises and American business as they conduct regular trade,” Shen Danyang said, according to Reuters.

The new bill requires the departments of Commerce and Justice, NASA and the National Science Foundation to consult the FBI before acquiring IT products made in China.

The Congressional Research Service says the U.S. imports nearly $129 billion in advanced technology products from China, Reuters reports.

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