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Prof. Julian Ku Quoted in The New York Times on New Development in US Trade War With China

Julian Ku, Maurice A. Deane Distinguished Professor of Constitutional Law, Faculty Director of International Programs

By Taking Aim at Chinese Tech Firms, Trump Signals a Strategy Shift
In blacklisting surveillance companies, the United States is the first major government to punish China for its crackdown on Muslims.
By Paul Mozur and Edward Wong
The New York Times
Oct. 8, 2019

Excerpt:
It is also a potentially groundbreaking use of a powerful tool that the American government typically uses against terrorists. The Chinese companies and police departments were placed on what is called an entity list, which forbids them to buy sensitive American exports unless Washington grants American companies specific permission to sell to them.

Use of the entity list over a human rights issue may be a first, said Julian Ku, a professor of constitutional and international law at Hofstra University.

“As far as I know, it was the first time Commerce explicitly cited human rights as a foreign policy interest of the U.S. for purposes of export controls,” he said, referring to the Department of Commerce, which manages the entity lists. “This is not an implausible reading of the regulations, but it is new and has potentially very broad applicability.”


A version of this article appears in print on Oct. 9, 2019, Section B, Page 1 of the New York edition with the headline: White House Blacklist Hits China for Surveillance.

Read the full article on the New York Times website.


The next day, Professor Ku’s comments were cited in a second New York Times article.

DealBook/Business & Policy
China Is Now a Minefield for Western Companies
The New York Times
Oct. 9, 2019

Excerpt:
The White House opened a new front in its trade war with China this week by punishing Chinese companies and individuals over their roles in surveilling and detaining Muslim ethnic minorities. The moves come just ahead of a new round of trade talks. …

They’re also new uses of a U.S. tool usually deployed against terrorists. “As far as I know, it was the first time Commerce explicitly cited human rights as a foreign policy interest of the U.S. for purposes of export controls,” Julian Ku, a law professor at Hofstra University, told the NYT.

Read the full article on the New York Times website.

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