19 October 2011 20:17 [Source: ICIS news]
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The allegations of Chinese website blocking or sabotage are the latest in a growing string of charges by the White House and members of Congress that the
Most recently, the US Department of Justice (DOJ) announced on Tuesday that a Chinese national had confessed to stealing technology and trade secrets from US chemicals firms over a seven-year period on behalf of the Beijing government.
The US Trade Representative (USTR) formally demanded explanations from
Ambassador Ron Kirk, who heads the White House office of US Trade Representative, said that the
He said that US businesses have complained to his office about “adverse business impacts from periodic disruptions to the availability of their websites in
Kirk said that websites of US product and service providers “are sometimes inaccessible in
In its formal inquiry to
The USTR noted that in 2000
The USTR declined to say whether it might file a formal complaint against
USTR spokeswoman Carol Guthrie said that for now the
“If other countries express interest in engaging on this issue, we might seek a means to include them in follow-up discussions,” Guthrie said.
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