WASHINGTON, Jan 31 (Reuters) – China is involved in the production of counterfeit products and It is illegal in the world. platforms for counterfeit goods.”
According to the latest U.S. government report on “Notorious Markets,” “counterfeit and pirated goods from China, along with goods transferred from China to Hong Kong, accounted for 75 percent of the value of counterfeit and illegal goods seized by U.S. Customs and Border Protection last year.” constitute 2021.” Addition.
The US government identified 39 online and 33 brick-and-mortar marketplaces that reportedly engage in or facilitate significant trademark counterfeiting or copyright theft.
“This includes the continued identification of the WeChat e-commerce ecosystem as one of the largest platforms for counterfeit goods in China,” he added.
WeChat is China’s most popular chat app with more than a billion active users and is owned by Chinese technology company Tencent Holdings Limited ( 0700.HK ).
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The report alleged that WeChat provided an e-commerce ecosystem that facilitated the distribution and sale of counterfeit products to users of the overall WeChat platform.
China-based online marketplaces AliExpress, Baidu Wangpan, DHGate, Pinduoduo and Taobao are also part of the list of notorious marketplaces, along with seven physical marketplaces in China “that are increasingly using brick-and-mortar storefronts to support online sales of counterfeit goods.” they do.” The USTR office said Tuesday.
The U.S. government added e-commerce sites run by Tencent and Chinese tech giant Alibaba Group Holding Ltd ( 9988.HK ) to its blacklist of marketplaces in early 2022.
“The list of notorious markets is an important tool to encourage the private sector and our business partners to take action against these harmful practices,” Tay said on Tuesday.
The Chinese government said at the time that it did not agree with the US government’s decision to include some e-commerce sites in the list, calling it “irresponsible”.
Tencent also said at the time that it strongly disagreed with the decision, and Alibaba said it would continue to work with government agencies to address concerns about intellectual property protection across its platforms.
Kanisha Singh reports in Washington; Edited by Josie Kao
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