China denies forcing foreign firms to transfer technology

08:28, July 30, 2010      

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China Thursday denied charges by a US business group that its technology transfer rules for foreign firms constitute "theft" on a massive scale.

"Countries around the world have taken a lot of measures to encourage technology innovation," a Chinese commerce ministry official, who declined to be named, told AFP.

"The Chinese policies are in line with relevant WTO rules."

A US Chamber of Commerce report this week accused China of abusing the allure of its vast market to push foreign companies to transfer their latest technologies to Chinese competitors.

This was a "blueprint for technology theft on a scale the world has never seen before," the report said.

US Trade Representative Ron Kirk joined the fray Wednesday, responding to the chamber's complaints by saying the US planned to push Beijing on the issue.

"That is going to be one of the top items that we continue to engage China on," Kirk told reporters in Washington.

However, Chen Deming, China's Minister of Commerce, wrote in an opinion piece Monday in the Financial Times, saying, "in April we held a public consultation to review the criteria we use to accredit 'innovation products.' The results emphasized that all foreign enterprises are given equal treatment and that all their products are considered to be 'made in China,' while the same rules of origin are applied to them as to Chinese products."

In April, Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao also reiterated Beijing's pledge that foreign companies with operations in China would be treated equally under the new rule.

A Chinese railway official Wednesday denied claims that China forces foreign companies to transfer technologies when they win contracts for work on the country's high-speed rail network.

Source: Global Times/Agencies


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