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Just How Much Intellectual-Property Theft Occurs in China?

The data, offered in this short blog post by Nicholas Lardy, on intellectual-property transfer and theft in China are revealing. (HT David Levey) Here’s Lardy’s opening paragraph:

The increasingly accepted narrative in the West, especially in the United States, is that China acquires technology mostly through forced technology transfer from multinational companies investing in China and through outright theft. Overlooked are the data that suggest the popular narrative exaggerates the magnitude of China’s forced technology transfer and theft and does not allow for the possibility that China’s protection of intellectual property is improving rather than worsening.