Executive Summary

China is often accused of stealing American jobs and intellectual property.  Big-picture data, according to measures tracked by the  Long US-China Institute at the University of California, Irvine show a different picture.  The U.S.-China relationship has created jobs and wealth for both countries and China’s attitudes to intellectual property are steadily maturing.

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The current U.S. administration sees China as the United States’s principal global rival, and it has effectively declared economic war on the country. Its justification for this is largely that China is (1) stealing American jobs and (2) pirating American intellectual property.  Data collected by the Long US-China Institute suggest that China is far less guilty of these crimes than many policymakers and commentators would

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