Wu: US piracy case will harm trade ties
China has made great strides in protecting patents and copyrights and a US
complaints over commercial piracy would "seriously harm" cooperation, Vice
Premier Wu Yi said on Tuesday.
Earlier this month, the United States launched two cases at the WTO claiming
that Beijing was not doing enough to punish illegal copiers of films and music
and that Chinese restrictions on entertainment imports violated trade rules.
China denounced Washington's complaint and, Wu, who heads the country's
economic dialogue with Washington, bluntly warned that the complaints would
bruise bilateral trade ties.
"The United States Trade Representative, the USTR, has totally ignored the
massive strides China has made," Wu told an intellectual property forum in
The US action "flies in the face of the agreement between the two country's
leaders to propose dialogue as a way of settling disputes," Wu said, adding that
never before had a WTO member simultaneously mounted two cases against another
"This will have an utterly negative impact and will inevitably badly damage
bilateral intellectual property cooperation," she said, also warning it would
"harm" cooperation over market access issues.
On Monday, China sought to demonstrate its determination to stop commercial
piracy by releasing an intellectual property action plan.
China would draft and implement 14 laws on intellectual property rights and
usage, and issue explanations and guiding policies for handling IPR violation
cases, according to the notice.