May 21, 2018- Rep. Smith and Sen. Rubio authored a letter urging the Commerce Department to strengthen U.S. foreign policy in China by “toughening export controls on U.S. companies whose technologies are being used for state surveillance of citizens in China,” reported the Wall Street Journal.

Smith and Rubio raised concerns regarding the growing influence of state surveillance programs in China. As co-chairs of the Congressional Executive Commission on China, they aim to target Chinese reliance on US companies for “…components needed to build artificial-intelligence equipment used for state surveillance.”

According to the Wall Street Journal, the Commerce Department is currently reviewing the letter, which “aims to focus interest among Washington policy makers on the role that U.S. technology is playing in the monitoring of Chinese citizens,” in order to strengthen U.S. foreign policy in combating human rights abuses in China.

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