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China calls for negotiations to solve trade issues


12-23-2016 00:55 BJT

China calls for negotiations to solve trade issues on Thursday after the United States put China's e-commerce website Taobao on market blacklist one day ago.

Chinese foreign ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying said in principle China-U.S. trade and business relations should be mutually beneficial and win-win. 

"We have consistently emphasised that U.S.- China trade relations are mutually beneficial, so we hope that the U.S. and China can work together to develop them smoothly and healthily and in a way that benefits both sides. If some specific issue arises we also hope that both sides can appropriately solve them through friendly negotiations, both sides should provide open and fair environments for each other's industries to develop in," she said.

The move by the U.S. Trade Representative's office against Taobao, an online website run by Alibaba Group followed complaints from U.S. and international trade groups, saying Taobao was not doing enough to police sales of fakes and pirated products. Taobao was put on the same blacklist in 2011 but removed in 2012 after it made efforts to address concerns of intellectual property rights holders and committed to cut the number of pirated and counterfeit goods on its website.

Facing the complaints and the USTR's move, Alibaba Group President Michael Evans said in a statement the company was "very disappointed" to be put back on the list as it was far more advanced in protecting intellectual property rights than it was four years ago. He added that the decision ignored Alibaba's work to remove more than twice the number of product listings this year than in 2015.

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