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U.S. Indicts Chinese and Taiwanese Firms for Economic Espionage
Trump and Xi Discuss Trade, Other Issues
Top American, Chinese Security Officials Meet in DC
Military Tensions Continue to Simmer in South China Sea

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U.S. Indicts Chinese and Taiwanese Firms for Economic Espionage

On November 1, Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced that the Justice Department had indicted a Chinese state-owned company (Fujian Jinhua Integrated Circuit Co. – Jinhua) , a Taiwanese company (United Microelectronics Corp. – UMC), and three Taiwanese individuals for the attempted theft of intellectual property (IP) from Micron, a U.S. semiconductor company. One of the individuals was previously employed with Micron before leaving to work for UMC. Later UMC partnered with Jinhua, in order to access Micron’s IP on semiconductors. The U.S. Department of Commerce announced restrictions on exports to Jinhua on October 29.

Sessions also announced the formation of a “China Initiative.” This program will be lead by various high-level Justice Department officials and will seek out and resolve cases of Chinese IP theft from American companies.

U.S. Department of Justice Attorney General Jeff Sessions Announces New Initiative to Combat Chinese Economic Espionage

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Bloomberg – U.S. Says China State-Owned Company Stole Micron Secrets
ReutersU.S. indicts Chinese, Taiwan firms for targeting Micron trade secrets
Wall Street JournalU.S. Accuses Chinese Firm, Partner of Stealing Trade Secrets From Micron
Washington PostWith new indictment, U.S. launches aggressive campaign to thwart China’s economic attacks

 


 

Trump and Xi Discuss Trade, Other Issues

On November 1, President Trump announced that he and President Xi Jinping had a phone conversation discussing many issues currently plaguing U.S.-China relations. Arrangements for a meeting between the two during the G20 meeting at the end of the month were also discussed, but the meeting has not yet been confirmed.

Read More:

BloombergTrump Spoke With China’s Xi on Trade, Says Talks Going ‘Nicely’
CNBCTrump says he and China’s Xi had ‘long and very good’ trade conversation
ReutersTrump says will meet China’s Xi as trade talks ‘move along’

 


 

Top American, Chinese Security Officials Meet in DC

On November 9, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and U.S. Secretary of Defense James Mattis met with Chinese Politburo member Yang Jiechi and Chinese Minister of Defense Wei Fenghe in Washington, DC. This meeting was originally planned for October, but was postponed due to trade and military tensions. U.S.-China ties seemed to have improved slightly after a November 1 phone call between Trump and Xi.

Both sides described the conversations as “productive” and agree that tensions between the two need to be tempered. Among the topics discussed were: militarization in the South China Sea, Taiwan, and China’s repression of religious groups.

U.S. Department of StatePress Availability With Secretary of Defense James Mattis, Chinese Politburo Member Yang Jiechi, and Chinese State Councilor and Defense Minister General Wei Fenghe

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AP – China, US sparring continues over South China Sea
CNN – US-China fault lines on display as top officials meet
Reuters – Respect our choices, China’s Xi says ahead of Trump G20 meeting
SCMP US isn’t following cold war or containment policy towards China, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo insists

 


 

Military Tensions Continue to Simmer in South China Sea

On November 21, a U.S. aircraft carrier, the USS Ronald Reagan, and two accompanying ships made a port call in Hong Kong, marking a slight relief in U.S.-China tensions in the region.

A week later, on November 28, two U.S. Navy ships (a guided missile destroyer and replenishment oiler) sailed through the Taiwan Strait, demonstrating the U.S. Navy’s continued commitment to Freedom of Navigation exercises. In 2018, the U.S. increased the frequency of transits through the Taiwan Strait.

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BloombergU.S. Warships Visit Hong Kong for First Time Since Entry Barred
CNNUS Navy sails ships through Taiwan Strait

 

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