Beijing
12 April 2017
Reporter: Barney Dixon

China convicts 18,000 infringers


China convicted around 18,000 intellectual property pirates, infringers and counterfeiters in 2016, Wang Yang, the country’s vice premier, has said.

According to english.gov.cn, the official English language communication platform for the State Council of China, Yang attended a national meeting on piracy and counterfeiting in Beijing on 11 April.

Yang said authorities have investigated more than 200,000 cases involving piracy and counterfeiting, arresting more than 22,000 suspects with a near 81 percent conviction rate.

In 2017, the government will tighten online supervision and investigate sources of production, and a special operation to prevent the trade of counterfeit products will be launched, according to Yang.

Last month, senior Chinese officials, including Premier Li Kequiang, publically acknowledged the need to combat piracy and counterfeiting, for which the country is widely criticised.

Ecommerce giant Alibaba Group has called for heavier penalties for counterfeiting.

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