Rude, red awakening: China’s theft of U.S. tech is hard to stop

A package labeled with an American flag goes through a machine and comes out with a China flag label
Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios

Washington is waking up to the reality that the cost of doing business in China's massive market is risking precious tech secrets, but it may be too late.

The big picture: Rogue practices like intellectual property theft are built into Beijing's industrial policy, and China has used these policies to innovate so rapidly that it may soon be able to cut its reliance on the West.