Trump vows to protect US intellectual property, without naming China

President Donald Trump speaking at the State of the Union address at the US Capitol in Washington, DC, on January 30, 2018.

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President Donald Trump speaking at the State of the Union address at the US Capitol in Washington, DC, on January 30, 2018.

U.S. President Donald Trump vowed on Tuesday to protect American intellectual property, but made no mention of China, which his administration has accused of trade abuses, in his first State of the Union speech to Congress.

Trump had been expected to deliver strong warnings to countries about unfair trade practices, including stealing intellectual property and providing state aid to their industries.

Instead, his comments on trade during the speech were restricted to three…

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