Patrick A. Mulloy

Patrick A. Mulloy served five two-year terms on the 12-member, bipartisan U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission and, previously, as assistant secretary in the Department of Commerce’s International Trade Administration during the Clinton administration. He practices as a trade lawyer and political consultant to nonprofit groups.

Recent Articles

Coerced Tech Transfer: The Heart of the China Problem

Trump moved into a bipartisan policy vacuum on China. The political mainstream needs a better strategy, or Trump and China will both be the winners.

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Ng Han Guan/AP Photo China’s government uses foreign-ownership restrictions to pressure technology transfers from U.S. companies to Chinese entities, according to the U.S. Trade Representative. President Trump has been widely criticized for raising tariffs on Chinese exports to the U.S. The president has indeed wielded tariffs as an all-purpose weapon. But in one key area, Trump has been right to take aggressive action, and on that front tariffs are useful but not sufficient. That area is the forced transfer of technologies from U.S.-based companies to Chinese “partners.” China’s policy of coercing the transfer of trade secrets and technology is part of its larger strategy to achieve global supremacy in the entire range of advanced products and processes. Under the Made in China 2025 program, China’s ten-year plan for targeting ten strategic advanced technology manufacturing industries, China expects to dominate in advanced information technology;...