Publication Date

Spring 2018

Degree Type

Master's Project

Degree Name

Master of Public Administration (MPA)


Urban and Regional Planning

First Advisor

Frances Edwards


International Trade, China, U.S., Intellectual Property Rights, Section 301


How have Section 301 investigations impacted trade relations between China and the U.S. in clean energy area, and between Japan and the U.S. in semiconductor and auto part areas, and does the impact provide a guide for the possible outcome of the upcoming Section 301 investigation of China?

After President Donald Trump’s memorandum on August 14, 2017 stating that China’s behavior regarding intellectual property rights (IPR) and the high technology industries adversely influences the U.S. economy, the United States Trade Representative (USTR) declared the initiation of a section 301 investigation of China on the topic of technology transfer and intellectual property rights (The White House, 2017; USTR, 2017). Before this event, the USTR had not used the section 301 investigation of China for nearly 10 years (USTR, 2017). This research project will analyze potential outcomes of this investigation, based on the experiences that are gained from analyzing past Section 301 investigations.