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Washington, DC - U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer today issued the following statement in response to President Trump's directive for USTR to determine whether to initiate an investigation of China regarding intellectual property, innovation, and technology:
"The United States has for many years been facing a very serious problem. China's 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. Potentially millions of jobs are at stake for the current and future generations. This will be one of USTR's highest priorities, and we will report back to the President as soon as possible."