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Trump Directs Government to Review Ways to Minimize Purchases of Chinese Goods, Services

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Trump Directs Government to Review Ways to Minimize Purchases of Chinese Goods, Services

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President Donald Trump on Jan. 15 directed federal agencies to look at ways to reduce purchases of goods and services from China, in a bid to guard against espionage risks posed by the regime. Trump instructed departments and agencies to conduct a review and propose “regulatory and policy changes, including potential executive actions” to “minimize” the procurement of Chinese goods and services, national security adviser Robert O’Brien said in a statement. The move is the latest in a flurry of actions by the administration in its final days targeting a range of threats posed by the Chinese Communist Party (CCP). U.S. officials have long sounded the alarm that Chinese technology, both software and hardware, may be used by Beijing for spying, citing security laws that mandate companies to cooperate with Chinese intelligence when asked, and that all firms are ultimately beholden to the CCP. Security concerns have been raised over …

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