Episode 849: It Takes Two To Make A Trade War Fight : Planet Money President Trump says China is stealing U.S. technology. So we looked into one case. And things got a little complicated.

Episode 849: It Takes Two To Make A Trade War Fight

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U.S. Trade Representative Report: "Findings of the Investigation Into China's Acts, Policies, and Practices Related To Technology Transfer, Intellectual Property, And Innovation Under Section 301 Of The Trade Act of 1974"
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ICYMI, President Trump has started a trade war with China. It's on. He says he wants to stop China from stealing ideas and technology from the United States. As proof, he likes to talk about a huge report put together by the U.S. Trade Representative's office. Which he asked for.

The report includes a list of U.S. trade associations and companies that are upset about all this. So we called up a bunch of them. Just about everyone said they wouldn't talk. But there was one: A Virginia businessman willing to tell us his story.

Today on the show: the strange, complicated, and very personal tale of a dispute over technology. It's a story of suspicion, accusations, and a miraculously healthy sugar substitute.

Music: "Hep Cat," "Cowboy Country" and "The Duchess."

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