Insights: Alerts Updated: President Trump Turns to the U.S. Trade Representative for China IP Investigation
The investigation is moving quickly: a public hearing is set for October 10th in the U.S. International Trade Commission’s main hearing room in Washington, D.C. Comments and requests to appear at the hearing are due September 28th. These proceedings are open to all, including U.S. and Chinese individuals, companies, or other entities with meaningful experiences to share. The full investigation is expected to take as long as a year. If the investigation finds evidence of wrongdoing, potential punitive measures including tariffs are on the table. But U.S. officials have stated that, rather than punish Beijing, they would prefer to come to an agreement that recovers at least some of the IP theft allegedly perpetuated by China. China’s IP theft has been estimated to cost the U.S. as much as $600 billion a year.
U.S. commentators indicate the investigation is just one part of the extensive Sino-American reshift underway between Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping. According to media outlets, the Chinese Ministry of Commerce has expressed “strong dissatisfaction” with the investigation, warning that “China will pay close attention to the investigation and will take all appropriate measures to resolutely safeguard the legitimate rights and interests of the Chinese side.”
This alert has been updated to clarify that the U.S. International Trade Commission is hosting the U.S. Trade Representative’s Hearing.
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