Trump Technology Tariffs Designed to Protect U.S. Military Advantage

Trump Technology Tariffs Designed to Protect U.S. Military Advantage
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THE PENTAGON — The Trump Administration announced tariffs and other restrictions on China's high-tech industry Thursday. The implicit message is the actions intend to guard the U.S. military's technological advantage in a 21st Century battlespace.

The new order imposes tariffs on about $50 billion worth of specific products from China, authorizes filing a World Trade Organization case against China, and puts limits on Chinese investment in U.S. technology companies to protect them from being forced to share intellectual property with Chinese partner firms.

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