China Law Podcast
US Cracks Down on Tech Exports to China - Amanda DeBusk, Former US Commerce Department Official
May 8, 2020 · 24 min
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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.

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. Hosted by Vincent Chow, a reporter at China Law & Practice.

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 from the Chinese government
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