Printer Friendly

LEAD: WTO arbitrators rule China is illegally restricting U.S. software imports.

GENEVA, Dec. 21 Kyodo


The World Trade Organization's arbitrators on Monday upheld a ruling in favor of the United States over a software trade dispute with China.

Dismissing an appeal China filed in September against a WTO dispute settlement panel decision in August, the Appellate Body concluded that Beijing is illegally restricting imports of U.S. books, periodicals, newspapers, films and music software.

''Today America got a big win,'' U.S. Trade Representative Ronald Kirk said in a statement. ''We are very pleased that the WTO has found against China's import and distribution restrictions on U.S. movies, music, DVDs and publications.''

He also said, ''The Appellate Body's findings are key to ensuring full market access in China for legitimate, high-quality entertainment products and the exporters and distributors of those products.''

In April 2007, the United States lodged complaints with the WTO against China for copyright piracy and restrictions on distribution of copyright-intensive products. The United States has claimed that the Chinese trade practices violate international trade rules.

The WTO panel ruled on Aug. 12 in support of the United States and called on Beijing to comply with its obligations as a WTO member to allow U.S. companies to import such products into China and to eliminate the discriminatory requirements faced by imported products and their U.S. distributors in China.

In the appeal, China had insisted that the trade practices in question should be allowed under an exceptional provision the WTO has set up to protect ''public morals.''

But the latest judgment by the Appellate Body said China has not demonstrated the restrictive measures are ''necessary'' to protect public morals.
COPYRIGHT 2009 Kyodo News International, Inc.
No portion of this article can be reproduced without the express written permission from the copyright holder.
Copyright 2009 Gale, Cengage Learning. All rights reserved.

Article Details
Printer friendly Cite/link Email Feedback
Publication:Asian Economic News
Date:Dec 28, 2009
Previous Article:WTO to set up dispute settlement panel on China's metal export curbs.
Next Article:2ND LD: Taiwan, China sign pacts, set stage for partial free trade agreement.

Terms of use | Privacy policy | Copyright © 2019 Farlex, Inc. | Feedback | For webmasters