July 12, 2013

House lawmakers concerned about cyberespionage are again trying to prevent the U.S. government from purchasing some Chinese-manufactured technology — a restriction opposed by both the Obama administration and top U.S. technology firms.

A portion of a new 2014 spending bill, authored by Rep. Frank Wolf (R-Va.), would require IT vendors to certify their independence from the Chinese government before they can sell to select U.S. federal agencies. It’s the second time Wolf has backed such language over the objections of critics who say it could have harmful political and economic side effects.

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