For China, indigenous innovation is re-innovation based on the assimilation of imported technologies
“Indeed,” he goes on, “the MLP defines indigenous innovation as ‘enhancing original innovation through co-innovation and re-innovation based on the assimilation of imported technologies.’”
This would easily encompass copying ideas from US published patent applications which have no counterpart in China. Patent protection in the US does not extend to protection in China. No need for hacking into computer systems.