China will hold consultations with the United States over complaints about
intellectual property rights next month and start a high-level economic dialogue
with Japan this year, according to a senior trade official.
China and the United States will hold talks from June 5 to 8 in Geneva to
discuss the complaints Washington filed at the World Trade Organization earlier
last month, Ministry of Commerce spokesman Wang Xinpei yesterday told a press
conference in Beijing.
The Unite States filed formal complaints over copyright piracy and
restrictions on the sale of US movies, music and books in China, saying that
billions of dollars are lost annually from piracy levels that "remain
countries such as Japan, Canada and Mexico and the European Union have
reportedly asked to become third parties to the talks.
The consultations will follow next week's second round of the Sino-US
strategic economic dialogue, in which IPR issues are likely to be discussed.
Wang expects the latest round of the dialogue - to be held in Washington on
May 22 and 23 - to yield positive results.
"The two sides are in close touch with each other. We hope the US will
collaborate with China to ensure a positive outcome and push the Sino-US
relationship forward," he said.
The two sides will also touch on issues such as market access, China's
service industry and trade balance.
Also, China and Japan will kick off the first round of a high-profile
Sino-Japanese economic dialogue in Beijing this year, Wang said.
The new mechanism is targeted at improving exchanges in development
strategies and macro economic policies, cross-department economic cooperation
and strengthening communication over major issues.
The mechanism is expected to play a role for cooperation in some key sectors
such as energy, the environment, finance, high-technology communication and
intellectual property rights protection, Wang said.
(China Daily 05/17/2007 page1)