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The U.S. and China are once again butting heads over China's lax approach to piracy

The United States again recently filed two complaints related to copyright policy against China at the World Trade Organization.  Washington has wanted China to respect obligations the country promised after it officially joined the WTO in 2001.  However, China violated trade commitments after both failing to stop piracy and eliminating access for music, movies and books produced in the U.S.  The U.S. copyright industries reportedly lose billions of dollars per year due to piracy in China alone.

Spokesmen with the Chinese Commerce Ministry reacted strongly to the announcement that the U.S. decided to complain to the WTO.  The complaint "will seriously undermine cooperative relations the two nations have established in the field and will adversely affect bilateral trade," said Wang Xinpei, Commerce Ministry spokesman.  The nation is "strongly dissatisfied" with the decision, spokespeople added.

The nation also said that the recent complaint by the U.S. could harm future trade relations between the two countries.  Chinese diplomats are still discussing how to formally respond to the WTO complaint.

There will now be a 60-day consultation period in which trade negotiations between China and the United States will continue.  The WTO's involvement will be limited to whether or not China has made sufficient efforts to combat piracy -- the organization is unable to combat piracy in China.

A number of companies -- including Nintendo America, Microsoft, the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), and the Motion Picture Association of America -- support the move by the U.S.  Microsoft hopes to see up to a 20 percent sales increase in China over the next year -- if the Chinese clamp-down works. 

"China is, by virtually any and every measure, the world's largest marketplace for pirate goods," said Dan Glickman, MPAA chairman and CEO.

President Bush announced in late March that the U.S. would impose duties on all imports of coated paper from China immediately after the piracy filing.  Bush did not directly attribute the tarrif to piracy infractions, but did indicate more duties are possible if China does not clean up its piracy stigma.

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There goes cheap stuff.
By Mitch101 on 4/11/2007 2:55:02 PM , Rating: 2
There goes cheap stuff and by cheap I mean good quality but inexpensive in a lot of cases.

Not for nothing but if China can make is cheaper then why isnt it cheaper? You cant say R&D every time. If you cant compete then outsource the manufacturing to China.

Creative at one time was the only company I would say was successfull at eliminating knock off's by offering thier own cheap knock off. So companies can compete with China they just choose to rip everyone off. To bad creative doesnt do the same with thier X-Fi cards. Driver issues aside.

Finally buy your meds from Canada its cheaper and its the same stuff made by the same company.

RE: There goes cheap stuff.
By BMFPitt on 4/11/2007 3:07:01 PM , Rating: 2
Not for nothing but if China can make is cheaper then why isnt it cheaper?

Those pesky child labor laws and the Emancipation Proclamation, among other things.

RE: There goes cheap stuff.
By James Holden on 4/11/2007 3:10:01 PM , Rating: 2
Don't forget safety regulations (thanks Ralph Nader), unions, cost of living, competitive wages.

RE: There goes cheap stuff.
By masher2 on 4/11/2007 3:17:23 PM , Rating: 4
Environmental regulations are a huge cost factor for US paper producers as well. They've spent billions implementing the requirements of the 70/72 Clean Air & Water Acts.

RE: There goes cheap stuff.
By aftlizard01 on 4/11/2007 4:21:16 PM , Rating: 2
I would also personally thank Upton Sinclair for what its worth.

"There is a single light of science, and to brighten it anywhere is to brighten it everywhere." -- Isaac Asimov
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