Experts: Questions about IP security misplaced
China has the confidence and capability to deal with any challenges in the field of intellectual property rights, an official with the State Intellectual Property Office said on Saturday.
“China’s achievements in innovation were made not through stealing or plundering, but based on the down-toearth efforts of the Chinese people,” said Zhang Zhicheng, the office’s head of intellectual property rights protection and coordination affairs.
On March 22, the United States Trade Representative issued a report outlining the findings of its investigation into China’s practices related to technology transfer, intellectual property and innovation.
It concluded that the acts, policies, and practices of the Chinese government are unreasonable or discriminatory and result in at least $50 billion in harm to the US economy every year.
Zhang said the claims of the US investigation on China’s technology transfers and innovations are groundless.
Following the US and Japan, China became the third country in the world to receive more than 1 million patent applicants by 2016, according to statistics from the office.
Xiong Meng, secretary general of China Federation of Industrial Economics, said China’s increasing investment in innovation is the driving force to the improvement in the manufacturing industry and its growing competitiveness globally.
He said that huge government investment in scientific research and development guaranteed the rapid technological development of domestic enterprises.
Wu Changqi, president of the EMBA Center at Peking University’s Guanghua School of Management, said technology transfers from the US to China result from the free market competition between multinational corporations as a way to fight for a bigger share of China’s market.
“The enhancement of China’s manufacturing capability and international competitiveness is attributed to the country’s huge investment in innovation,” he said. “Many overseas companies have benefited from China’s domestic resources and its huge potential market in the past years.”
“The US allegation of ‘forced technology transfer’ is a clear excuse to suppress scientific innovation in China and protect its domestic industries,” Liu Xiaoming, China’s ambassador to the United Kingdom, said on Thursday.