US blacklist of Chinese firms lacks solid evidence: MOFCOM

Source:Global Times Published: 2018/1/18 13:23:39

The Chinese government and domestic enterprises have been strengthening their efforts to protect intellectual property rights (IPR) and hope to further communicate with the US on IPR protection to address bilateral disputes, a Chinese trade official said Thursday.

The comment came after the US Trade Representative on January 12 put nine Chinese online and brick-and-mortar markets on its blacklist over suspected sales of counterfeit products.

The US side refers to the Chinese companies in the report by using phrases like "according to local media reports" and "right holders said," which shows a lack of solid evidence and statistics, Gao Feng, spokesman of the Ministry of Commerce (MOFCOM), said at a regular press conference held in Beijing.

Therefore, "we have to doubt the objectivity and reliability of the US report," Gao said.

The report said that "it does not constitute a legal finding of a violation or an analysis of the general IP protection and enforcement environment in any affiliated country or economy," which raises suspicions over whether the US had something to cover up, revealing there is more to the report, noted Gao.

The Chinese government has been giving high priority to IPR protection, while related domestic firms and markets have made great efforts to deal with the situation, progress which has been active and universally recognized, the spokesman said.

In the first three quarters of 2017, Chinese authorities cracked down on more than 9,800 IPR infringement cases, according to MOFCOM data.

The Chinese government will urge the US to reevaluate IPR protection efforts made by Chinese companies in a comprehensive, objective and fair way, in hopes that the two nations can strengthen IPR cooperation to properly address disputes and advance common development, Gao said.

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