Last updated: February 21, 2008 - 6:51am
CHINA SAYS U.S. PIRACY CASE WILL HARM TRADE TIES
[SOURCE: Reuters, AUTHOR: Ben Blanchard]
U.S. complaints to the WTO over commercial piracy in China will "badly damage" cooperation, Vice Premier Wu Yi warned on Tuesday, insisting that China has made great strides in protecting patents and copyrights. Earlier this month, Washington launched two cases at the World Trade Organization claiming that Beijing was not doing enough to punish illegal copiers of films and music and that its restrictions on entertainment imports violated trade rules. China denounced Washington's move and Wu, who heads the country's economic dialogue with Washington, bluntly warned that the complaints would bruise bilateral trade ties.
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