Many U.S. Businesses in China Cite Data Theft

More than a quarter of U.S. businesses in China said in a new survey that proprietary data was stolen from their China operations, highlighting a growing trade irritant between Washington and Beijing.

The survey of U.S. business executives released Friday by the American Chamber of Commerce in China showed that 26 percent had seen data or trade secrets stolen over an unspecified time period. More than 40 percent said they saw the risk of a data breach in their China operations rising. The chamber hasn’t previously released survey results related to data theft.

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