Is China really cheating?

Repetition breeds reality. Such is the case with allegations the United States has levelled at China in their budding economic cold war.

Across the American political spectrum, it is now taken for granted that China forces US companies to transfer critical technology in order to do business on the mainland, engages in rampant hacking and theft of intellectual property (IP), and massively and unfairly subsidises its high-tech industries - all of which contribute to fears that the country poses an existential threat to America's prosperity.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on January 17, 2019, with the headline 'Is China really cheating?'. Print Edition | Subscribe