A man shops for Chinese-made computer software in Beijing, China, in 1996. Picture: AFP

How China’s rampant intellectual property theft, long overlooked by US, sparked trade war

The first article in a two-part series exploring the trade war between the world’s two superpowers argues we should have seen it coming: Trump made getting tough on China central to his election campaign, but media looked the other way

Topic |   US-China trade war

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A man shops for Chinese-made computer software in Beijing, China, in 1996. Picture: AFP
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Robert Boxwell

Robert Boxwell

Robert Boxwell has worked and lived in the Asia-Pacific region since the early 1990s. He is an occasional contributor on business and regional issues to the South China Morning Post, Reuters, Financial Times and Bloomberg, and is writing a book on the history of US-China trade. He lives in Kuala Lumpur, where he is director of the international consultancy Opera Advisors.