President Trump has begun the process to investigate China's actions regarding Intellectual Property Rights
Trade -- August 14, 2017
President Trump has ordered the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) Lighthizer to determine if he will "investigate any of China's laws, policies, practices, or actions that may be unreasonable or discriminatory and that may be harming American intellectual property rights, innovation, or technology development." This is one possible first step for the process that would allow the U.S. Government to use Section 301 of the Trade Act of 1974 to "impose duties or other import restrictions" on China.
USTR Lighthizer responded that "China industrial policies and other practices reportedly have forced the transfer of vital U.S. technology to Chinese companies. We will engage in a thorough investigation and, if needed, take action to preserve the future of U.S. industry… This will be one of USTR's highest priorities, and we will report back to the President as soon as possible."
President Trump Takes Action on Intellectual Property Rights
Presidential Memorandum for the United States Trade Representative
USTR Robert Lighthizer Statement on the Presidential Memo on China
Trade Act of 1974
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