China's Proposed Export Control Law—a Major New Weapon in the Sino-US Trade Dispute

Aug 23, 2018
William Marshall of Tiang & Co analyzes the proposed Export Control Law and China’s competitive advantage over the US, especially in relation to technology, should this legislation come into force.

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News of foreign investment blocks and punitive tariff measures between the United States and China certainly dominate the headlines. These are, however, merely small skirmishes in a much larger battle.  The primary ground for which each side is fighting relates to technology. Not specifically China’s practices as to the protection of intellectual property, which is the stated rationale for the Section 301 tariff measures imposed by the U.S.—but rather the strategic control of competitive advantage in and access to technology globally.