Country's products to enjoy greater protection

Landmark deal reached in 2020 with European Union being expanded

By MO JINGXI | CHINA DAILY | Updated: 2024-01-17 07:35
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A farmer produces Tieguanyin tea in Quanzhou, Fujian province, in October. [PHOTO/CHINA DAILY]

Signing the agreement means that people in China can now buy online and in physical stores various GI products from France and other European countries, Valadou said.

Wang Yi, secretary-general of the Ningxia Goji Association, said, "Mutual GI recognition and protection between China and the EU has opened opportunities for China's premium products to enter the European market and be sold at higher prices."

Chinese products may enjoy easier access to markets in third countries, because those listed in the agreement will be allowed to use official European symbols that identify a product's place of origin, he added.

The association is responsible for promoting the development of the goji berry industry in the Ningxia Hui autonomous region.

Noting that some Chinese GI products such as goji berries from Ningxia are produced in economically less-developed areas, Wang said the agreement will provide strong support in promoting rural revitalization and achieving sustainable economic development in these regions.

Hu, from the China National Intellectual Property Administration, said that since the agreement was implemented, the first batch of Chinese GI products — Xinghua chives, Fenghuang Single Cluster (a kind of oolong tea) and Shaoxing rice wine, have entered the European market. Meanwhile, Chinese consumers have shown a positive and open attitude toward high-quality European GI products such as wine, milk and meat.

The administration has also introduced a series of measures to aggressively crack down on GI counterfeiting and infringement violations involving Bordeaux wine from France and Munchner Bier from Germany, as listed in the agreement, Hu said.

Martha Mavrommatis, the Cyprus ambassador to China, said frequent GI exchanges between China and the EU over the years have increased mutual understanding and helped the two sides maintain sound interactions.

"Cyprus is looking forward to the list being expanded in the near future. Apart from the economic aspects, the agreement plays a crucial role in cultivating cooperation and synergies in various other fields," she said.

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