In an escalating battle between the People’s Republic of China and the United States, on November 1, 2018, the U.S. Department of Justice filed a criminal complaint against United Microelectronics Corporation (UMC), Fujian Jinhua Integrated, Co. Ltd (Jinhua), a Chinese government owned-enterprise, and Chen Zhengkun aka Stephen Chen (Chen). The charges included, among other things, stealing and possessing trade secrets created and owned by U.S. based Micron Technology (Micron).

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