Sen. Josh Hawley, R-Mo., introduced a bill to exert more control on U.S. exports to China andÂ admonishÂ the latter for trade practices intended to exploit American technology. Hawleyâs office said in a statement published Tuesday that the 2019 China Technology Transfer Control Act intends to prevent China from acquiring U.S. intellectual property to develop its military capabilities.Â
The legislation also seeks to mitigate the export of American âcore technologiesâ which mayÂ be exploited for Chinaâs “Made in China 2025â program focused on surpassing the U.S. in technological advancement. Core Technologies, which would be included in the Department of Commerceâs Export Control List, includeÂ capabilities under a range of subject areas such as robotics, lithium battery manufacturing, advanced construction, semiconductors and artificial intelligence.
âFor too long, China has exploited American innovation to undermine our values and threaten our security. This legislation is an important step toward keeping American technology out of the hands of the Chinese government and its military,â Hawley said.
Other provisions under the bill include imposing sanctions to violators of the export control directive and a formal reprimanding of China for manipulative trade tactics and IP theft.