Trump signs memo directing probe into China's IP practices

August 14, 2017 22:28
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WASHINGTON - US President Donald Trump on Monday signed a presidential memorandum authorizing an investigation into China's alleged theft of American intellectual property, declaring it "one big move."

The order directs US Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer to determine whether to investigate Chinese trade practices that force US companies operating in China to turn over intellectual property.

"Ambassador Lighthizer you are empowered to consider all available options at your disposal," Trump said before he signed the memo. "This is just the beginning," Trump added.

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