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Sunday, March 13, 2011

US report on 'notorious markets' upsets China

China is upset about the United States including Chinese companies in its list of "notorious markets". The list will damage the reputation of Chinese firms including the most popular portal, baidu, the Chinese commerce ministry said.
"We have studied the report thoroughly," Li Chenggang, head of the department of treaty and law under the ministry of commerce said. "Such move might have negative impacts on the reputation of the involved companies and we are concerned about it," he said.
It is not clear if China would counter it by releasing its own list of foreign companies that violate copyright laws and standards. The Chinese government has made it a practice to release its own human rights report showing violations in the US immediately after Washington releases its list every year.
The list of companies allegedly involved in selling counterfeit and pirated goods was released by the Office of the United States Trade Representative last month. It includes Chinese e-commerce firm Taobao, TVAnts and 91.com. Li said it is not proper to issue a list without providing detailed information.
At the same time, China has assured the international community it will continue to fight against copyright violations. Chinese authorities have arrested 3,001 people in their latest crackdown on rampant product piracy and seized fake or counterfeit medicines, liquor, mobile phones and other goods, officials said.
"Intellectual property protection is essential for building an innovation-oriented country and achieving a shift from `China manufactured' to `China innovated,"' Li said. Chinese leaders have said they want the industry to change its focus from low cost imitations to creation of profitable technologies. The country's own software, music and other creative companies have been devastated by unlicensed copying.

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