Podcast #5: Discussing new US Controls on Tech Exports to China with Amanda DeBusk, Former Commerce Department Official

May 8, 2020
| By Vincent Chow
New U.S. export controls target Chinese acquisition of sensitive technology

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The prospect of U.S.-China decoupling is looking more probable by the day as the Trump administration ramps up its controls on exports of sensitive technology to China. In this episode, Amanda DeBusk discusses the impact of new U.S. controls on Hong Kong, China’s military-civilian fusion, fears surrounding Chinese involvement in core U.S. infrastructure, and much more.

For the full podcast, click here to listen on Soundcloud and here on Apple Podcasts.

Amanda DeBusk is chair of Dechert’s global International Trade and Government Regulation practice based in Washington D.C. Her practice focuses on the enforcement of export controls and trade compliance. She was U.S. Commerce Department assistant secretary for Export Enforcement from 1997 to 2001.

The China Law Podcast is a weekly podcast discussing China’s business and financial sectors from a legal perspective.

Episode outline

    • 01:21 Summary of new U.S. export rules and which industries they affect
    • 05:28 U.S. rescinding its deference to allies; implications for Hong Kong
    • 07:24 Removal of civilian exemption, China’s military-civilian fusion
    • 09:55 Expanded prohibition on exports to Chinese military
    • 12:33 Difficulty of securing export licenses for China
    • 14:09 Impact on U.S. exporters and Chinese importers
    • 15:50 Further restrictions on the horizon including De Minimis expansion
    • 18:22 Scrutiny of Chinese involvement in core infrastructure in the U.S.
    • 21:00 Concerns of possible reciprocal actions by the Chinese government


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