Competent authorities in China consistently follow the principle of equally protection for the legal trademark rights of trademark owners of domestic and foreign companies and handle the process of relevant trademark registration in accordance with laws and regulations, said Chinese Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Lu Kang at the regular press conference on April 19, 2017.
Lu’s responses came after reports said people were wondering whether it was coincidental or not that the Chinese government's department concerned has given approval to the trademark application of Ivanka Trump's company on April 6, the day that Chinese President Xi Jinping and U.S. President Donald Trump were having a summit. “Regarding the Mar-a-Lago meeting between the two presidents, the vast majority of the international community and major news outlets focus on the policy-level exchanges between the leaders of the two major countries and how such exchanges would impact international relations and affairs. Still, some media chose to report on gossips.” Lu mentioned that if some media try to imply anything by utilizing gossip news, they will simply get nowhere.
When asked how to view Ivanka Trump’s role in promoting relations between the two countries as she is an official adviser to President Trump, Lu said: “we think highly of all people, whether they are from the government or non-government sector, who devote themselves to promoting China-US friendship and cooperation, and we highly appreciate their efforts in this regard.”