China ‘Regrets’ WTO Ruling on Media Imports

The Chinese government has responded to the WTO ruling against limitations on imports of foreign movies, books and music. From the Financial Times:

China on Thursday said it would consider launching an appeal against a World Trade Organisation ruling that the US claimed would help open up Chinese markets for everything from magazines to movie blockbusters as well as curbing rampant intellectual piracy.

The WTO on Wednesday said that it was impermissible to give one state-owned enterprise the monopoly for importing products such as films and books in China, where the government has long exercised strict censorship over the media.

China’s Ministry of Commerce said in a statement that the channel for importing foreign publications, films and audio-visual products was “very smooth”. Beijing “regretted” the fact that the WTO expert panel had not rejected US demands regarding the import and distribution market of these products in China, it said.

For more on the ruling, see this post from the China Law Blog.

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