China said Tuesday it “regrets” a World Trade Organization decision that largely sides with the U.S. in a product piracy complaint, but said it will cooperate with other countries to strengthen measures to protect intellectual property rights.
The WTO decision, released Monday, said China breached trade rules by turning a blind eye to the piracy of CDs and DVDs that haven’t been passed by state censors. It also faulted Beijing for allowing seized goods to be reintroduced into the market if the infringing material is removed.
“China expresses thorough regret” over that decision and is still assessing it, Commerce Ministry spokesman Yao Jian said in a statement posted Tuesday on the ministry’s Web site.
Beijing, however, welcomed the panel’s judgment not to uphold Washington’s complaint that Chinese thresholds for prosecuting piracy break WTO rules, Yao said.