A Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman said Tuesday that the postponement of the Summit on Intellectual Property and Knowledge Economy, planned for April 24 to 26 in Beijing, was regrettable.
Liu Jianchao noted that China agreed to host the summit at the request of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO).
China attached great importance to the summit and made a great effort to prepare for it, he said. "We are very regretful at the decision of the WIPO a few days ago saying that the summit could not be held as scheduled."
The WIPO announced on its official website that it "greatly regrets" that the summit "cannot be held as scheduled owing to prevailing circumstances."
"New dates and other relevant information regarding this event will be made available on the WIPO website in due course," said the announcement.
China expressed its thanks to all parties that had been actively involved in preparing for the summit, Liu said, and was willing to join with them to go on contributing to the growth of world intellectual property.