U.S. Department of Commerce tightens controls on exports to China, as technology could see military use

May 13, 2020
Expanded export restrictions on military end-users will cover electronics design, development, and production; computers; sensors; and lasers.

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Commerce’s Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) has announced new rules that will tighten the export of certain sensitive technologies to end-users in China on fears that they might find their way into use by the Chinese armed forces. The Diplomat reports. Continue reading original article

The Military & Aerospace Electronics take:

13 May 2020 -- The rules cover goods that will require review by regulators before being approved for overseas export. In addition to China, the rules cover Russia and Venezuela.

The latest update expands the licensing requirements for export to China to cover all military use, the Commerce Department rule’s summary notes. The Commerce Department notes that the annual license applications for military end-user approval from Russia, China, and Venezuela are already very low.

Expanded restrictions for exports to potential military end-users will cover chemicals, microorganisms, and toxins; materials processing; electronics design, development, and production; computers; telecommunications; sensors and lasers; marine technologies; and propulsion systems, space vehicles, and related equipment.

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