US Must Improve Transparency in Including Chinese Companies on 'Notorious Markets' List, MOFCOM Says
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US Must Improve Transparency in Including Chinese Companies on 'Notorious Markets' List, MOFCOM Says

(Yicai Global) Dec. 29 -- The appearance of some Chinese e-commerce sites on the US Trade Representative's list of 'Notorious Markets', which blacklists companies engaged in selling pirated goods, has raised concern from China's Ministry of Commerce, who called for greater transparency in the criteria for inclusion.

In the USTR's Out-of-Cycle Review of Notorious Markets issued On Dec. 21, descriptions of relevant Chinese companies contain many ambiguous phrases such as "it is said" or "it is reported."

China hopes that the US government could further improve the transparency of relevant procedures and objectively assess the efforts and achievements made by Chinese companies in intellectual property rights protection, with an impartial and friendly attitude.

"China always attaches great emphasis to intellectual property rights protection and has made universally recognized achievements in IPR protection in recent years," said Shen Danyang, spokesperson of China's commerce ministry.

The US denied responsibility for the ambiguity on the grounds that "The 'Notorious Markets' list does not purport to reflect findings of legal violations, nor does it reflect the United States Government's analysis of the general IPR protection and enforcement climate in the country concerned," reported China Central Television, the country's state broadcaster.

In recent years, said Shen, China has been negotiating with the States regarding the 'Notorious Markets' list and now the US spends twice the time it used to canvassing the public for the report.

Four Chinese websites and six physical Chinese markets were included on the list issued by the Office of the United States Trade Representative, which concluded that four online markets including Taobao.com, and six offline markets including Guangzhou Baiyun Market, were guilty of allowing pirated goods to be sold.

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