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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
By mdogs444 on 12/21/2007 9:00:05 AM , Rating: 2
Geez, where do I even start. Your comments go to prove that you know absolutely nothing about the economy & job growth/maintaining.

The USA has all kinds of crazy trade restrictions that unfairly block products from other countries

They are not "unfair" restrictions, they are restrictions for a reason. Some are due to government sanctions against other governments.

Look at the unfair import tariffs the USA has on many products that are supposed to help domestic production, but just make USA citizens pay more than they should

Guess what man, I highly suggest you open your eyes and quit drinking the anti-american kool aid. Tarrifs are there for a reason to keep US production of goods up, exports up, pricing competitive, and maintain & promote job growth for the US industry. This is actually a good thing. If everything in the US started getting produced overseas and eliminated tariffs - sure, things would be cheaper, but you wouldnt be able to afford any of them anyway because our unemployment rate would be so high, taxes would increase dramatically for more social policies, other countries would control the price fixing, and the economy would be in shambles.

You need to really understand the history of some of this. Several decades back, the US used to give foreign aid to other countries with the stipulation that the money we give them could only be used to purchase US manufactured products. This was great because it promoted job growth, manufacturing, and boosted our economy. When that deal was nixed (Carter, I think, but not sure), the money that we give them now can go to whatever they want. They can use our cash to pay off their own national debt. How stupid is that?

take sugar for example, sugar costs way more in the USA than it does in Canada, and Canada's production is small compared to the USA!

Hello, McFly are you home? If sugar costs next to nothing, there would be less sugar farmers in the US due to the people not being able to profit enough to make a living and it would decrease the employment in that sector. Things produced in the US cost more because of the labor, health insurance, pensions/401k's, and environmental regulations!

Are you even aware of the hundreds of billions of taxpayer dollars the USA spends unfairly subsidizing crops to give domestic producers an advantage

Its not unfair to use United States taxpayer money to promote United States economic growth. Thats one of the most idiotic things I've ever heard.

Clean up your own house before you complain about someone else's

Perhaps your house needs cleaned up a bit. You need to dust off those old text books to learn a few things, and stop sitting on your Lazy Boy recliner soaking in the anti-american liberal fud of the drive by media.

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