China disappointed at US satellite controls

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China's commerce ministry expressed concern on Saturday over US policy concerning the export of satellites and related items to China as outlined in the newly-passed National Defense Authorization Act.

Although the U.S. has loosened its restrictions on satellite exports, China remains restricted according to a newly-passed National Defense Authorization Act of the 2013 fiscal year, spokesman of the Ministry of Commerce Shen Danyang said.

He noted the U.S. has not fulfilled its promise to benefit China in its reform of the export control system and boost exports of high-tech equipment to China.

The U.S. rolled out measures to hinder satellite cooperation for civil purposes between the two countries. China is deeply disappointed and dissatisfied with this action, Shen said.

China urged the U.S. to meet its commitment and stop acting in a discriminatory manner by softening the control in real terms, which will help bilateral trade and is in line with the two parties' common interests, he added.

U.S. President Barack Obama signed the Act on Thursday, with certain provisions in the bill relaxing export restrictions but banning the exporting, re-exporting or transferring of satellites to China, as well as the launching of US satellites in Chinese territory.

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