Hebei Museum Shut Over Forged Exhibits

The Global Times report on a Hebei museum that has been shut down after many of its exhibits were discovered to be forgeries: The Jibaozhai Museum in Erpu village, Jizhou, has had its license revoked by Jizhou civil affairs...

The Rise of Copycat Architecture in China

Many have mused on the phenomenon of China’s copycat buildings, as well as entire facsimile towns. There are numerous news reports and accounts from bemused tourists who have stumbled upon a slice of Austria in Guangdong,...

Fake Drug Pipeline Undercuts Malaria Progress

The Wall Street Journal examines the global trade in fake, counterfeit and otherwise substandard malaria medication, in which China and particularly Guangzhou’s African community appear to play a substantial part. From...

China’s Counterfeit Condoms

China Daily reported yesterday on a counterfeit condom factory busted in the southeastern province of Fujian, and two other underground factories uncovered by the police investigation : An underground workshop producing fake...

China’s Health Aid in Africa: Good Intentions, Bad Drugs

China Daily’s Africa edition, launched last week, is just the latest component of a long-running soft power campaign. China has been sending medical teams to Africa for almost 50 years, and has 42 currently at work around...

The Status of Fakery in China

China is infamous for the production of counterfeit consumer goods that occurs within its borders. From high-tech electronics to wine, Renaissance-era fine art to shellfish, if there is a market for something, someone is likely...

China Says Piracy Problem Not “Extremely Serious”

China’s Vice Minister of Commerce claims that, following a nine-month crackdown, the country’s piracy problem has been largely resolved. American officials disagree. From Reuters: Marking the end of a nine-month...

China Police Warn Citizens To Beware Olympic Scams

Fake tickets are only the beginning, from Reuters: Apart from run-of-the-mill confidence tricks from people selling pirated Olympic coins, gold bricks and other merchandise, police had heard reports of offers to arrange...

China’s iPhone Fans Find a Way – Bruce Einhorn and Chi-Chu Tschang

Good news for iPhone fans in China, even though Apple hasn’t officially launched its sales here yet. From BusinessWeek magazine: Want to buy an iPhone in Beijing? Talk to Liu Yong. Apple’s (AAPL) wonder isn’t legally available in China, but Liu, who operates an electronics shop in the Zhongguancun neighborhood close to the capital’s premier […]

Chanches of Buying Counterfeit Water in Beijng 1 in 2 – Beijing Times

Beijing is facing a second sort of water crisis, not as deadly as its dwindling ground water supplies but disturbing nonetheless. Translated from Beijing Times via (Photo Quiz: Which is water is bottled, from the tap, and fake? Answer at the end of story): Beijing’s bottled water professionals recently spilled a major secret: Half […]

Fake Safety Labels Concern Testing Firm – AP

From AP via the New York Times: For 112 years, Underwriters Laboratories Inc. has made its mark on everything from fire doors to night lights, with the familiar “UL” seal of approval assuring consumers a product is safe. But companies in China and elsewhere are making it more difficult for UL to do its job […]

Next Step for Counterfeiters: Faking the Whole Company – David Lague

From the New York Times (link): At first it seemed to be nothing more than a routine case of counterfeiting in a country where faking it has become an industry. In mid-2004, managers at the Tokyo headquarters of the Japanese electronics giant NEC started receiving reports that pirated keyboards and blank CD and DVD discs […]

18,130 Trademark Infringement Cases Dealt with

From A total of 18,130 trademark infringement and counterfeiting cases including 2,451 foreign related cases were dealt with in the first half of this year by China’s administrative authorities for industry and commerce (AICs) at all levels throughout the country, said a senior Chinese official in Beijing on Monday. Li Dongsheng, vice minister of […]

U.S. Increases Pressure on China Over Counterfeiting, Piracy

From The U.S. said China has failed to live up to its pledge to crack down on counterfeiters, and laid out a series of improvements Chinese authorities must take to avoid a dispute over the issue at the World Trade Organization. In a report on protection of intellectual property rights globally, the U.S. Trade […]



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