China expressed "resolute opposition" and "strong dissatisfaction" with a
new U.S. cyber-espionage rule limiting imports of Chinese-made IT products
, state media reported on Saturday.
remarks underscore growing tension between the world's top two
economies after the United States accused China of backing a string of
hacking attacks on U.S. companies and government agencies.
says the accusation lacks proof and that it is also a victim of hacking
attacks, more than half of which originate from the US.
new provision, tucked into a funding bill signed into law on Thursday,
requires NASA, as well as the Justice and Commerce Departments, to seek
approval from federal law enforcement officials before buying
information technology systems from China.
The United States
imports about $129 billion worth of "advanced technology products" from
China, according to a May 2012 report by the U.S. Congressional Research
State media including Xinhua, the China Daily and the
People's Daily, quoted a spokesman for the Ministry of Commerce as
saying the U.S. bill "sends a very wrong signal".
directly impact partnerships of Chinese enterprises and American
business as they conduct regular trade," said Shen Danyang, the commerce
"This abuse of so-called national security
measures is unfair to Chinese enterprises, and extends the
discriminatory practice of presumption of guilt," the article in the
official People's Daily said, quoting Shen. "This severely damages
mutual trust between the U.S. and China."
The United States should eliminate the law, Shen said.
security lawyer Stewart Baker wrote in a blog post this week that China
could claim that the United States is violating World Trade
However, because Beijing hasn't signed a WTO
agreement setting international rules for government procurement, it may
not be successful in its challenge, Baker said.
Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Hong Lei also urged the U.S. to abandon the law at a news conference on Thursday.
"This bill uses Internet security as an excuse to take discriminatory steps against Chinese companies," he said.
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