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China says will use all necessary means to defend interests against US trade probe

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BEIJING, Aug 24 (Reuters) - China will use all necessary means to defend the interests of the country and Chinese companies against a U.S. trade investigation, a spokesman for the Ministry of Commerce said on Thursday.

The U.S. Trade Representative formally announced the investigation on Friday into China's alleged theft of U.S. intellectual property.

(Reporting by Yawen Chen; Editing by Kim Coghill)