The Justice Department’s top national security official on Thursday called for a partnership between law enforcement and private businesses to battle Chinese corporate espionage.
“We’ve got to do this together,” said John Demers, assistant attorney general for national security. “Most of the cases we have in this area are the result of the private sector stepping up and saying, ‘Hey I’ve got a problem.’”
Mr. Demers said most of the Chinese espionage cases brought by the Justice Department were initiated by tips from the private sector.
China’s rampant theft of intellectual property has cost U.S. companies between $225 billion and $600 billion a year, according to U.S. trade officials.
In 2018, the Justice Department indicted two companies based in China and Taiwan, saying they stole trade secrets valued at $8.75 billion from Micron Technology, a U.S. semiconductor company.
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