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U.S. Trade Representative Ron Kirk speaks at a news conference during the 23rd session of the U.S.-China Joint Commission on Commerce and Trade in Washington in this file photo taken December 19, 2012. The White House will tackle the theft of U.S. trade secrets on Wednesday with a new strategy to protect American companies from losing hundreds of billions of dollars in an area of growing concern in relations with China. (JOSHUA DRAKE/REUTERS)
U.S. Trade Representative Ron Kirk speaks at a news conference during the 23rd session of the U.S.-China Joint Commission on Commerce and Trade in Washington in this file photo taken December 19, 2012. The White House will tackle the theft of U.S. trade secrets on Wednesday with a new strategy to protect American companies from losing hundreds of billions of dollars in an area of growing concern in relations with China. (JOSHUA DRAKE/REUTERS)

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The White House said on Wednesday it will step up diplomatic pressure and study whether tougher laws are needed to stop a wave of trade-secret theft from China and other countries in a strategy that offered few new ideas for dealing with the threat.

“Trade-secret theft threatens American businesses, undermines national security and places the security of the U.S. economy in jeopardy,” the White House said in a report that laid out its strategy.

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