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Congress told to tighten grip on tech transfer to China

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The methods—legal or otherwise—that Chinese companies use to get intellectual property and technology from the United States should be subject to greater scrutiny, according to a report prepared for Congress.

Acquisition of US technologies by Chinese companies is “unique” according to the report published on 6 May by the US-China Economic and Security Review Commission, which monitors the national security implications of US-China trade for Congress. 

This is because the Chinese government has “prioritised technology transfer as a matter of policy and provides direct and indirect support to companies engaging in these anticompetitive activities”, said the report written by Sean O’Connor, a researcher at the commission.

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