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China's tech transfer problem is growing, EU business group says


Added 05-20-19 03:03:02am EST - “Cases of European firms forced to transfer technology in China are increasing de...” - Reuters.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Reuters.com: “China's tech transfer problem is growing, EU business group says”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

BEIJING (Reuters) - Cases of European firms forced to transfer technology in China are increasing despite Beijing saying the problem does not exist, a European business lobby said, adding that its outlook on the country’s regulatory environment is “bleak”.

China’s trading partners have long complained that their companies are often compelled to hand over prized technology in exchange for access to the world’s second-largest economy.

Demands by the United States that China address the problem are central to the two countries’ ongoing trade war, which has seen both sides pile tariffs on billions of dollars of each other’s goods.

The European Union Chamber of Commerce in China said on Monday that results from its annual survey showed 20% of members reported being compelled to transfer technology for market access, up from 10% two years ago.

Nearly a quarter of those who reported such transfers said the practice was currently ongoing, while another 39% said the transfers had occurred less than two years ago.

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