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US government sets up taskforce to tackle Chinese spies

The United States Department of Justice has created a taskforce to combat the theft of US intellectual property by China, against a background of increasing cases of alleged espionage.

Attorney general at the time Jeff Sessions announced on 1 November that he had ordered the creation of a taskforce to implement a China Initiative. It will be led by assistant attorney general John Demers, the lead on national security at the attorney general’s office, and will include a senior FBI executive, several attorneys and various DOJ officials.

The initiative will identify priority Chinese trade-theft cases, ensure that sufficient resources are devoted to them and make sure that they are concluded quickly, Sessions said. He added that he had told the taskforce to recommend legislation to Congress if necessary.

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