WTO rules against China on limiting imports

Last Updated: Tuesday, December 22, 2009 - 23:42

Washington: The United States has won a case against China at the World Trade Organisation which has ruled that it is illegally restricting imports of movies, music and books into the country.

The WTO Appellate Body yesterday held that China was obstructing trade by forcing foreign suppliers to distribute certain copyright-intensive products through state-owned companies which is inconsistent with the Beijing’s obligations with the WTO.

"Today America got a big win...The Appellate Body`s findings are key to ensuring full market access in China for legitimate, high-quality entertainment products and the exporters and distributors of those products," Ron Kirk, the US Trade Representative, said.

US companies and workers are at the cutting edge of
these industries, and they deserve a full chance to compete
under agreed WTO rules, he said.

"We expect China to respond promptly to these findings
and bring its measures into compliance," Kirk added.

Monday’s Appellate Body report and the WTO panel report,
released on August 12, call on China to allow US companies to
import into China films for theatrical release; audiovisual
entertainment products, such as DVDs; music and other sound
recordings; and reading materials.

In fact, Western countries have been complaining against
the restrictions for long, which say that China`s rapid rise
as a trade power has been in part aided by unfair policies
that boost sales of Chinese goods abroad while limiting
imports into its market.


First Published: Tuesday, December 22, 2009 - 23:42

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