China could spell FARA trouble for business heads

The Trump administration should be more concerned about enforcing its trade deal with China than “shifting emphasis to looking under beds or in corporate boardrooms for unregistered foreign agents and sympathizers with allegedly devious intent,” said Doug Barry, the director of communications for the U.S.-China Business Council.

The 200 companies that comprise the U.S.-China Business Council are “very familiar” with the Foreign Agents Registration Act and “know where the red lines are.”

“The remarks seemed in part to be a warning for companies to keep their guard up and the potential consequences of failing to do so. Our members are committed to following the letter and spirit of the law. Many have done business in and with China for decades,” he said.