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China doubts credibility of US report on IPR protection

A spokesman of China's Ministry of Commerce Thursday expressed doubts over " the objectivity and credibility " of a US report that listed some Chinese marketplaces as " notorious markets " for pirated and fake products.

The report, released last week by the Office of the United States Trade Representative, lacks " solid evidenceand data support, " spokesman Gao Feng said at a press conference.

" The Chinese government has always attached great importance to intellectual property right (IPR) protection and made noticeable achievements, " Gao said.

In the first three quarters of last year, law enforcement dealt with more than 110,000 cases related to IPR infringement or fake products.

" The two countries should resolve differences in a constructive way by pushing forward bilateral cooperation in IPR protection, " he said.

Commenting on a US draft act to prohibit the government from using Chinese telecommunications services or equipment,

Gao said the draft " to some extent sent a wrong signal to the market and will not be good for China-US telecommunications cooperation and hurt Chinese companies' confidence in US business and investment environment. " Gao said the US should treat Chinese companies and products with an objective and fair attitude to make US customers enjoy the benefits of Chinese products.

" Mutual benefits weigh more than differences in the Sino-US economic and trade ties, " Gao said. " We hope that trade frictions do not upgrade, but will also take resolute actions to protect Chinese rights and interests."

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