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Reuters: China shifts position on tech transfers، trade talks progress - U.S. officials

Thursday 28/March/2019 - 04:48 PM
Sada El Balad
China has made proposals in talks with the United States on a range of issues that go further than it has before، including on forced technology transfer، as the two sides work to overcome obstacles to a deal to end their protracted trade war، U.S. officials told Reuters on Wednesday.

U.S. President Donald Trump imposed tariffs on $250 billion of Chinese imports last year in a move to force China to change the way it does business with the rest of the world and to pry open more of China’s economy to U.S. companies.

Among Trump’s demands are for Beijing to end practices that Washington alleges result in the systematic theft of U.S. intellectual property and the forced transfer of American technology to Chinese companies.

U.S. companies say they are often pressured into handing over the technological know-how behind their products to Chinese joint venture partners، local officials or Chinese regulators as a condition for doing business in China. The U.S. government says that technology is often subsequently transferred to and used by Chinese competitors.

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