BEIJING - China had made "very extraordinary" achievements in protection of IPR (intellectual property rights), said Francis Gurry, director general of the Geneva-based World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), in Beijing Thursday.
Gurry made the remarks in an interview with Xinhua News Agency at an annual forum on copyright jointly held by the WIPO and the National Copyright Administration of China (NCAC). The NCAC was also holding the third China International Copyright Expo at the venue.
He stressed China's leading role in the WIPO framework while implementing its commitments to international community.
Piracy, along with many other problems in the digital age, was a global structural problem rather than a national issue, and required an international mechanism to facilitate the protection, Gurry said.
He also reminded Chinese regulators that the protection of intellectual property was "at the heart" of China's future development.
This year marks the 30th anniversary of China's membership of the WIPO.
China's Copyright Law was enacted in 1990, and was modified in 2001 and 2010.