US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said the United States was engaged in a "multi-pronged effort ... to convince China to behave like a normal nation on commerce" and respect international law after Washington indicted 10 Chinese nationals for stealing aviation secrets, Reuters reports.
Speaking in a radio interview, Pompeo said: 'Stealing another country's intellectual property, something China's been engaged in to the tune of hundreds of billions of dollars, is just something China has to figure out a way to stop."
Pompeo claimed that over the long term, China was probably the biggest national security challenge facing the United States and the Trump administration was pushing back.
"Where the semiconductor piece fits in is it's part of a mosaic of our strategic effort to push back against this continued Chinese effort," he said.
"It is a multi-pronged effort on behalf of all of the United States Government, at the President's direction, to convince China to behave like a normal nation on commerce and with respect to the rules of international law,” he said.
A U.S. indictment unsealed on Tuesday said Chinese intelligence officers conspired with hackers and company insiders to break into computer systems of private firms to steal information on a turbo fan engine used in commercial jetliners.