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Self-driving espionage: US companies accelerate lawsuits against China

Tesla, Apple and GE among those who say secrets were stolen

Tesla filed a lawsuit in March accusing a former employee of transferring trade secrets to Chinese rival Xpeng Motors.   © Reuters

GUANGZHOU -- A mounting string of allegations from the U.S. paint a damning portrait of how China's advanced technology sector has rapidly grown due to corporate espionage.

Tesla, the latest to lodge a complaint, said in a lawsuit filed in late March that a former autonomous-driving engineer, Cao Guangzhi, illicitly obtained a trove of source code that he handed over to his new employer, the Chinese electric-vehicle startup Xpeng Motors.

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