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Chinese mainlanders will have to turn to piracy to watch the latest American blockbusters

China is blocking the import of American films, said MPAA CEO and Chairman Dan Glickman in an official statement released last week.

“Although we have not received official confirmation of such a ban from the Chinese Government or China Film, the indicators are strong that our information is correct,” read the statement. “If such action has been taken … it would represent an enormous step backwards in terms of China’s efforts to develop a strong … and legitimate film exhibition and distribution market.”

In a move that some suspect is retaliation for a recent U.S.-filed WTO complaint over China’s alarmingly high piracy rate, the Chinese government appears to have stopped granting import requests to American filmmakers -- of which it normally allows for about 20 movies per year. According to one anonymous Hollywood executive speaking to The New York Times, the Chinese government became suddenly uncooperative; filmmakers’ movie import requests for early next year have thus far been ignored, delayed, or come back denied.

“We are working with top officials in the US government, including the Treasury Secretary, as well as the Trade Representative and Secretary of Commerce, both of whom are in China at the moment,” said Glickman. “If these reports are true, it is unacceptable that China has taken this action and we will bring all our resources and leverage to bear to address this situation.”

A spokeswoman from the Chinese State Administration of Radio, Film, and Television, declined to comment on the so-called ban, noting that if such a ban was in place it would have been officially announced on the Administration’s web site.

American filmmakers, many of whom are betting heavily on the growing the Chinese market, say China’s restrictive stance on American movies is a direct contributor to the country’s high piracy rate. The previous 20-movie limit is “a very low number to begin with,” said U.S. Trade Representative Susan Schwab, “and we believe the low number contributes to the problems [we] have in intellectual property rights protection.”

A Chinese ban on American movies “would be very serious indeed,” said Schwab, who at the time was at a Strategic Economic Dialogue meeting outside Beijing. “We have spoken forcefully to our Chinese hosts.”

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RE: China the spoiled child needs a good thrashing
By vonnie on 12/19/2007 6:20:32 PM , Rating: 2
It's funny co's within the next 10 years China will be the world’s biggest super power. That’s what you get for out sourcing everything to the Far East. Get used to being dictated to by china lol have any of you looked at the economic growth statistics for china? yes they have embraced capitalism in an attempt to boost the country’s economic standing at the expense of the lower classes, but if the west did not move so much home grown industry for cheap labour then the west wouldn’t be in the situation it's about to face.

RE: China the spoiled child needs a good thrashing
By vladio on 12/19/2007 8:16:34 PM , Rating: 1

RE: China the spoiled child needs a good thrashing
By vonnie on 12/20/2007 7:44:29 PM , Rating: 2
damn right I'm 101% facts are hard to deal with when you a nieve american without a passport. Most of the heads here havent even been overseas ( oh they don't need a passport they have all the climates/culture they need ) and know nothing but what they are fed and listen/read about regarding the bull they all believe. I hope the west learns how to realy deal with issues and i am not just talking about moving industry for cheap labour. The fact is these once third world countries are going to be major players in the near future. Nvm reality is a hard pill to swallow. I could go more in depth but i fear the brains behind these posts are lagging a little

By shurpajack on 12/21/2007 5:55:31 PM , Rating: 2
I, for one, welcome more players in the global economy. It only helps the US when 2+ billion people (India and China) are added to the consumer pool. With American exports so attractive now, I expect the current account balance everyone is so worried about to continue to climb back up. The only thing I am truly worried about is the spending habits of our own government.

It does not harm us if China is able to produce more, it just makes our goods that we consume that much more cheaper.

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