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
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
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.”
quote: Some of its characteristics are spying your own citzens, lying, hiding facts, monitoring civilian communication, manipulating media, making propaganda in the form of nice, well-done movies, brain-washing your own people, and so on...
quote: Do you even know what communism is?
quote: As vitamin C is in many food products, almost all 'energy' drinks, 'fruit' drinks, vitamin pills themselves, etc., China could wipe out 75% of the US population this way.
quote: Or that matter, they can easily kill many pets in American through spiking the ingredients they sell that are in virtually every brand of pet food. Oh wait, they already did the test run on that one. And it worked.
quote: How about the death of oak trees in the US and other countries -- traced to a Chinese fungus that US intelligence believes was distributed throughout the US by Chinese agents.
quote: Or Chinese fish introduced into US water systems that have decimated US fish populations. Same as above.
quote: China is a true menace. 1B+ strong, smart, and totally dedicated to the pursuit of money above all other things. In other words, 100% evil.
quote: Can the US sustain that long? Little rise in the interest left millions unable to pay the mortgage.
quote: And yes I'm also pissed my tax dollars are going to bail out these companies and people affected by it.
quote: it's pretty impossible to "block china's crap" since it's just about all the crap ya got around now.
quote: The USA has all kinds of crazy trade restrictions that unfairly block products from other countries
quote: 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
quote: 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!
quote: Are you even aware of the hundreds of billions of taxpayer dollars the USA spends unfairly subsidizing crops to give domestic producers an advantage
quote: Clean up your own house before you complain about someone else's
quote: Hell, other countries shouldn't be dependant on American industries for their daily lives.
quote: China realizes that the U.S.'s primary exports now and in the future are going to be intellectual property, and they aim to STEAL as much of it as they can.
quote: And why the hell does hurting the American economy "make sense from an economic standpoint." If I had to choose which economy to help, I probably wouldn't pick the one being led by an authoritarian regime (and no, I'm not talking about Darth Cheney's empire--I mean China).
quote: I believe The key is through diplomatic negotiations. Once we present ourselves properly and politely (on the same level, not like before), they wouldn't have any reason to act Hostile. They will have to comply in return (even if they're only pretending).
quote: ...a people that pride themselves in savagery, duplicity and greed...
quote: ...the cheap labor, lack of human rights, lack of environmental controls, lack of animal rights, etc. It is a place where the greedy go to do their dirty deeds...
quote: Whatever happened to cool heads and rationality?
quote: Update: Movie sales down in China. MPAA says major revenue loss resulting from lack of sales. Experts put the numbers at a loss of sales of 9 movies per month.
quote: Chinese mainlanders will have to turn to piracy to watch the latest American blockbusters
quote: of which it normally allows for about 20 movies per year