Hu visits Microsoft, vows better IPR protection
Updated: 2006-04-19 10:36
SEATTLE - Chinese President Hu Jintao, on his way to talks with President
George W. Bush, on Tuesday met with Bill Gates. The summit with Bush, expected
to cover trade and moves to avert nuclear advances in North Korea and Iran, was
also likely to touch on intellectual property.
After the meeting
with Gates, the world's richest man, at Microsoft's headquarters, Hu reiterated
that China would move against software pirates.
Chinese President Hu
Jintao (R) meets with Microsoft chairman Bill Gates during a meeting at
the company's headquarters in Redmond, Washington, April 18, 2006. Hu
spent about an hour visiting and viewing some of the new technologies
being developed for future homes.
At Microsoft Corp.'s campus, Hu
said Tuesday he admired what Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates had achieved. He also
sought to reassure Gates that China is serious about protecting intellectual
"Because you, Mr. Bill Gates, are a friend of China,
I'm a friend of Microsoft," Hu said through a translator.
"Also, I am
dealing with the operating system produced by Microsoft every day," he added, to
Gates responded: "Thank you, it's a fantastic relationship,"
and then said: "And if you ever need advice on how to use Windows, I'll be glad
"China is focused on and has already accomplished much in
creating and enforcing laws to protect intellectual property," he said. "We take
our promises very seriously."
"Regarding intellectual property rights
protection, it's not only needed by China as it expands its opening to the
outside world, and improves the investment environment, it is also needed as we
strengthen our innovation ability," Hu said.
Hu also said he would
certainly welcome a further increase in Microsoft's investment in China.
"I'd also like to take this opportunity to assure you, Bill Gates, that we
will certainly honor our words in protecting intellectual property rights," Hu
In his whirlwind visit to the Microsoft campus, Hu, accompanied by
Gates, company CEO Steve Ballmer and an entourage of Chinese dignitaries, saw
some business technology demonstrations and toured Microsoft's Home of the
Future, which features experimental technology that might someday be used in
people's living spaces.
In one demonstration, a vase outfitted with
special technology, called a radio frequency identification tag, prompted
screens on a display case to show pictures of areas where Hu has worked and
In the kitchen, the counter displayed a recipe and instructions
in Chinese for making focaccia bread, prompting Hu to ask if you still need a
housekeeper if you have such advanced technology.