The US-China Trade War and Debunking Myths about China’s Intellectual Property Regime
Paper presented at the International Conference on Innovation and China’s Global Emergence, Singapore, 25-26 July 2019.
Posted: 22 Apr 2020
Date Written: 2019
Complaints about China’s intellectual property (IP) regime have contributed to one of the largest trade wars in modern history: the US-China trade war starting in 2018. How did we get here? I offer a somewhat counter-intuitive explanation for this state of affairs. I argue that a notable portion, albeit certainly not all, of the recent US-China trade war is attributable to major conflicting myths about China’s IP regime borne in scholarly, government, and business circles.
Keywords: US-China trade war, China, intellectual property, forced technology transfer
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