Trump orders probe of China’s intellectual property rules
Washington, US - US President Donald Trump will sign a memorandum on Monday that could lead to sanctions against China over its intellectual property practices, administration officials said Saturday.
Trump will direct US Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer to determine whether any Chinese laws, policies or practices discriminate against or harm American innovators and technology companies, the officials said. If so, Lighthizer would have ‘broad powers’ to seek remedial action.
The officials, who spoke on condition of anonymity, bluntly accused China of ‘stealing our intellectual property’ - long a concern of Western companies seeking a share of the enormous Chinese market.
The process Lighthizer will initiate, under Article 302b of the US Commercial Code, could take as long as a year to yield its findings.
The US officials said ‘Chinese commercial policy has a major goal, the acquisition and the absorption of the intellectual property of the United States and other world’.
‘Most Americans are fully aware that China is stealing our intellectual property’, they added. ‘What they may not know is that China is also forcing and coercing American companies that operate in China to turn over their technologies’.
US officials will particularly examine the role of joint ventures, the mixed foreign-andChinese companies whose establishment is required for any outside business wishing to sell its products in China.
‘China also funds and facilitates the acquisition of US firms that possess advanced technologies’, the officials said. countries around the
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