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China enacts rules to counter 'unjustified' foreign laws

China enacts rules to counter 'unjustified' foreign laws

China on Saturday introduced new rules to counter "unjustified" laws and measures that other countries could apply to their businesses and citizens, as tensions with the United States worsen.

The rules are aimed at "protecting the legitimate rights and interests" of Chinese people and businesses and safeguarding the interests of the country, the Ministry of Commerce said.

China's move comes at a time when its companies are facing mounting pressure abroad, particularly from the United States, which has imposed restrictions on the telecommunications giant Huawei, blocking its access to vital American components.

US President Donald Trump also issued an order last November that prohibited Americans from investing in Chinese companies that allegedly supply or support the Asian country's military.

This month he signed another order to ban transactions involving various applications linked to Chinese companies.

The latest Chinese regulations call for the establishment of a working mechanism to counter "unjustified extraterritorial application of foreign laws and measures."

Citizens or organizations must submit reports to authorities within 30 days when faced with restrictions from foreign regulations that prevent them from engaging in "normal economic, commercial and related activities."

If China's working group confirms that there are "unjustified" measures, it can impose a ban order rejecting the application of these foreign laws.

Government departments can also support individuals or companies that suffer significant losses due to non-compliance with foreign regulations.

The Commerce Ministry added that the Chinese government may also take "necessary countermeasures" against these foreign laws.

If a citizen or company does not submit a truthful report or does not comply with a prohibition order, he could receive a warning or be fined, according to the rules, which go into effect on Saturday.

A report on the rules by the state tabloid Global Times said they were "a new movement to carry out the country's legal self-defense against, in particular, the US harassment against China."

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