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The U.S. Justice Department has indicted two Chinese and Taiwanese companies for stealing intellectual property from Micron Technology.   © Reuters
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US hits back at China over IP theft in chip case

Taiwanese companies pressured to choose sides in trade secrets spat

CHRIS HORTON, contributing writer | Taiwan

TAIPEI -- The trade war with China initiated by Donald Trump has been primarily viewed through the lens of punitive and retaliatory tariffs. But that has changed in recent weeks.

The November indictments of Chinese chipmaker Fujian Jinhua Integrated Circuit and Taiwan's United Microelectronics Corp. for stealing an estimated $8.75 billion worth of intellectual property from U.S.-based Micron Technology's Taiwan operations marked the opening of a new front in the trade war.

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