The U.K. and other countries are expected to file a lawsuit Tuesday over China’s allegations that it was using cyberattacks to steal American intellectual property and trade secrets.
U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres and U.J. Ambassador Samantha Power are expected on Monday to join the United States in a meeting with China’s commerce minister to discuss a potential lawsuit, a person familiar with the matter said on Monday.
The U.L.G.A. has accused China of hacking into its networks and stealing U.F.O. data and intellectual property, according to a document seen by Reuters.
The document said the hacking occurred after China’s People’s Liberation Army (PLA) started a major offensive in the South China Sea last year.
U.S.-China trade talks stalled in 2014 after the U.U.N.-led group urged Beijing to do more to prevent the theft of intellectual property.
The talks stalled again last year when China said it would not sign a trade agreement.
China’s state-run Xinhua News Agency quoted the minister as saying Beijing would sue any U.O.-China company that it believes to have infringed intellectual property rights.
has said it is suing China for $5.2 billion for alleged theft of U.W. patents and trade secret.
has long been criticized for using trade law as a tool to advance its interests.
But it has been the only Western nation to go after Beijing over intellectual property claims, which it considers part of China’s “one country, two systems” policy, in an effort to boost ties.
The dispute over U.G., which was created by President George W. Bush in 2008, has drawn criticism from U. S. lawmakers and U- K. businesses.
The United States accuses China of stealing U-W patents and other U. W. technology to help develop advanced technologies, including the so-called “Fiber-to-the-Home” broadband network and cell phone technology.
U-S.-Chinese trade talks were halted last year over accusations of theft.
The two countries have been at odds over disputes over ownership of U-w patents.