June 7, 2006

WTO case against China piracy “very possible”-USTR

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States could bring a
World Trade Organization case against China in the next few
months if Beijing does not respond to concerns the United
States has raised about its protection of intellectual property
rights, a U.S. official said on Wednesday

Assistant U.S. Trade Representative Tim Stratford told the
U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission that Bush
administration discussions of a case against China for
copyright piracy were at a very advanced stage.

"If the particular concerns we are raising with the Chinese
are not resolved, I think it's very possible" the United States
could take action at the WTO in coming months, he said.