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U.S.-China Trade Talks End With Promise to Protect Intellectual Property [Bloomberg]

A step in the right direction or move to distract the Americans from yuan valuation and the South China Sea flashpoints? With Sino-US trade rising 17 percent thus far in 2011 to $363.1 billion, commerce is defined by Vice Premier Wang Qishan as an “important cornerstone in the China-U.S. relationship.

So amidst the China-bashing of late as Obama toured to re-assert American pre-eminence in the Asia-pacific, China pledges to abide by international intellectual property rules. Quick Background: Understanding Chinese Attitudes Towards Intellectual Property (IP) Rights (CIO 2006).

This is a move the US expects of responsible international stakeholders – “With that extraordinary growth that China has enjoyed over the last decade comes a responsibility, particularly as it relates to trade and investment,”  U.S. Trade Representative Ronald Kirk.

So, is China listening and participating or biding its time on something else?

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U.S.-China Trade Talks End With Promise to Protect Intellectual Property
Source – Bloomberg, published November 22, 2011 

China pledged to improve its monitoring of intellectual property rights in trade talks with the U.S., as American officials called on the world’s second biggest economy to abide by international rules.

Chinese Vice Premier Wang Qishan’s promise to create and lead an office focused on protecting intellectual property rights was a “step in the right direction,” U.S. Secretary of Commerce John Bryson said in an interview yesterday with Bloomberg Television after the 22nd U.S.-China Joint Commission on Commerce and Trade meeting in Chengdu.

“There’s no question that intellectual property rights have not been respected for the most part here in China,” Bryson said. “We think this is a step in the right direction but there is a long ways to go in having intellectual property rights consistently and broadly recognized in China.” Read the rest of this entry »

Filed under: Beijing Consensus, Bloomberg, Charm Offensive, Chinese Model, Communications, Domestic Growth, Economics, Finance, Influence, Intellectual Property, International Relations, Piracy, Politics, Public Diplomacy, Soft Power, Strategy, Tao Guang Yang Hui (韬光养晦), Territorial Disputes, The Chinese Identity, The construction of Chinese and Non-Chinese identities, Trade

China starts nationwide drug safety check [Xinhua]

Positive? China attempts to establish order in the medical industry by cracking down on the ‘manufacture and sale of counterfeit drugs and stopping the spread of illegal medical advertisements‘ Illegal medical advertisements I’ve come to understand have been a noteworthy problem, with 1200 official cases reported in 2006. Piracy on many levels are occurring because the Chinese simply do not share the same understanding of intellectual property; few even know what it means. My sense is this crackdown on the operation does not change the mindset of offenders. As China grows, perhaps this is one of the characteristics it needs to work on changing.

Because if we couple that with the continuing problems with tainted food (especially so with ‘gutter oil’, a problem experts see will only go away in ten years), sometimes I have to think hard. If China were to rise to great power status, perhaps it is a positive thing it is working on stopping its people from ‘poisoning’ its people; starting from the food on the table.

That said, perhaps this fits into a simple argument – symptomatic of a money-driven (by choice or circumstance) populace trying to make money from whatever resources they can garner. Let’s hope the safety check in the short term does not only serve to drive the desperate even further underground. Education is the longer-term key, those involved must learn there are other ways to make a good living.

For more , check out China’s State Food and Drug Administration (English site).

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China starts nationwide drug safety check
Editor: Mu Xuequan
Source – Xinhua, published October 12, 2011

GUANGZHOU, Oct. 12 (Xinhua) — Six government departments started a nationwide drug safety check and assessment on Wednesday, according to the Ministry of Health (MOH).

The MOH, the Ministry of Public Security and four other departments are working together to conduct the assessment, which will primarily focus on establishing order in the medical market and curtailing illegal activity in the medical industry, the MOH said.

Eliminating the manufacture and sale of counterfeit drugs and stopping the spread of illegal medical advertisements are the most significant aspects of the campaign, according to Bian Zhenjia, deputy head of the State Food and Drug Administration (SFDA). Read the rest of this entry »

Filed under: Beijing Consensus, Chinese Model, Corruption, Culture, Domestic Growth, Economics, Environment, Health, Human Rights, Lifestyle, Mapping Feelings, People, Piracy, Politics, Population, Reform, Social, The Chinese Identity, The construction of Chinese and Non-Chinese identities

FM [Yang Jeichi]: ‘No power shift Eastward’ [People’s Daily]

The Chinese speech writer behind the foreign ministry’s stance on the shifting global balance seems to be a very good one. Deftly framed to shift attention away from China’s consolidation of power, resources and relations, China maintains this –

‘The emerging trend in the world today is the gradual evolution of world power towards relative equilibrium. It is an inevitable outcome of the growing move toward multi-polarity and of deepening economic globalization and rapid revolution in science and technology.’

Very clever use of elliptical tactics in communicating China’s ‘charm offensive’.

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FM [Yang Jeichi]: ‘No power shift Eastward’
China Daily
Source – People’s Daily, published August 03, 2010

Editor’s note: At a joint news conference with Mexican Secretary of Foreign Affairs Patricia Espinosa in Mexico City on July 30, China’s Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi was asked whether he agreed with the view that world power is shifting from the West to the East. The following are excerpts from Yang’s take on the matter:

There has been an argument that the gravity of world power is shifting from the West to the East, but it is a view hard to be subscribed.

The emerging trend in the world today is the gradual evolution of world power towards relative equilibrium. It is an inevitable outcome of the growing move toward multi-polarity and of deepening economic globalization and rapid revolution in science and technology. Read the rest of this entry »

Filed under: Beijing Consensus, Charm Offensive, China Daily, Chinese Model, Communications, Media, Nationalism, People's Daily, Piracy, Public Diplomacy, Soft Power

Bootleg iPads in China [Straits Times]

Bootleg iPads in China
Source – Straits Times, published May 02, 2010z

Hefty and thickset with three USB ports and a more rectangular shape than the original, this knock-off with iPad aspirations, which runs a Windows operating system, looks more like a giant iPhone. It costs 2,800 yuan (US$410 or S$561), making it slightly cheaper than the iPad’s US$499-$699 price tag. — PHOTO: REUTERS

SHENZEN – JUST three weeks after the global launch, bootleg versions of Apple’s hot-selling iPad tablet touchscreen computers have begun showing up on the shelves of online and real-world shops in piracy-prone China.

Apple recently delayed the iPad’s international launch after huge demand in the United States caught the maker of trendy iPhones and MacBooks off guard. But Chinese consumers looking for knock-offs of the company’s latest must-have product need look no further than this teeming electronics mall in Shenzhen, the southern Chinese boomtown near the border with Hong Kong.

Here, tiny shops are stuffed with pirated versions of everything: From Microsoft’s newest Windows 7 operating system, a steal at US$2 each (S$2.70), to a range of Apple products, from iPhones to MacBooks and the lightweight MacBook Air.

After extensive queries with multiple shopkeepers, one surnamed Lin offered the sought-after item in a dark backroom on the market’s fifth floor away from the hustle and bustle. Hefty and thickset with three USB ports and a more rectangular shape than the original, this knock-off with iPad aspirations, which runs a Windows operating system, looks more like a giant iPhone. It costs 2,800 yuan (US$410 or S$561), making it slightly cheaper than the iPad’s US$499-$699 price tag.

‘This is just the first rough version,’ says Lin, a crew-cut agent speaking in bursts of quick-fire Cantonese. ‘While the shape isn’t quite the same, the external appearance is very similar to the iPad, so we don’t think it will affect our sales that much,’ he added, explaining the difference was due to the difficulty sourcing matching parts because of the quick two-month turnaround time for the first version’s development.

Hard-working Chinese bootleggers are rushing to fill a vacuum that won’t last for long, created by unexpectedly strong demand for the iPad in its first weeks on the market. The 10-inch entertainment device, on which one can read books, play music and videos and surf the Internet, sold more than 500,000 sets in its first week alone, and continued strong US demand has led Apple to delay the product’s international launch to the end of April. — REUTERS

Filed under: Piracy, Straits Times

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