June 7, 2009

Japan, China discuss pirated goods

Chinese and Japanese trade ministers agreed Sunday to coordinate efforts to stop the pirating of intellectual property in the Asian countries, officials said.

Japanese Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry Toshihiro Nikai and Chinese Commerce Minister Chen Deming signed a memorandum of understanding in Tokyo to establish an intellectual property working group to meet once annually, the Japanese news agency Kyodo reported.

The two were meeting as part of the second China-Japan high-level economic dialogue, co-chaired by Chinese Vice Premier Wang Qishan and Japanese Foreign Minister Hirofumi Nakasone, officials said.

Japanese trade officials estimated in 2004 that the country's businesses had lost $94 billion in revenue because of pirated goods in China. Kyodo reported that Nikai asked Chen drop a plan to institute a compulsory certification system for foreign-made software products, suggesting instead an international, mutual certification system.

The two ministers also discussed such topics as the promotion of the World Trade Organization's Doha round of negotiations and the prevention of trade protectionism, the state-run Chinese news agency Xinhua reported.