Risch Puts Chinese Technology Theft in the Crosshairs

Saturday, February 2, 2019
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The new chair of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Sen. James Risch, has kept a tight lid on his plans for the committee. But there's one issue that hits close to home on which the senator is taking an early stand.

Risch plans to take a hard look at reports that a Chinese state-owned company stole trade secrets from Idaho-based chipmaker Micron Technology, Inc., and to hold hearings on the broader issue of technology theft.

Micron is one of the largest employers in Idaho, Risch’s home state, and the sole U.S. manufacturer of dynamic random-access memory, or DRAM, chips. Risch thanked Micron for “the opportunities it provides for Idahoans and for all Americans” in a floor speech last October.

The company is now embroiled in a legal battle with Fujian Jinhua Integrated Circuit Company, a Chinese state-owned competitor that was established to manufacture DRAM, and its Taiwan-based partner, United Microelectronics Corporation.

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