China: Intellectual Property

Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs written question – answered on 13th October 2011.

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Photo of Douglas Alexander Douglas Alexander Shadow Foreign Secretary

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions he has had with his EU counterparts on the protection of intellectual property in China.

Photo of William Hague William Hague The Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

I discuss China regularly with my EU counterparts, most recently at the Foreign Affairs Council in Luxembourg on 10 October. The protection of Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) in China is a priority for the UK.

Ahead of the EU-China summit on 25 October, my officials have held discussions with the EU and fellow member states on enhancing EU-China trade and addressing market barriers, including strengthening IPR in China. In particular, the UK would like China to ensure that there is effective and consistent enforcement of IPR across the country. Officials at our embassy in Beijing co-ordinate closely with EU colleagues on IPR issues.

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