HONG KONG (Reuters) – China does not agree with the US government’s decision to include some e-commerce sites in its list of “infamous markets” and calls the action “irresponsible,” the Chinese Ministry of Commerce said Friday.
Chinese e-commerce sites run by Tencent Holdings and Alibaba Group Holding Ltd were included in the U.S. government’s latest list of “infamous markets,” the U.S. Trade Representative’s office said Thursday.
The list identifies 42 online markets and 35 physical markets that are reported to engage in or promote material trademark counterfeiting or copyright piracy.
China called on the United States to “objectively reflect the efforts and progress made by China” and make a fair evaluation to avoid unnecessary negative consequences for companies, the ministry said in a statement.
(Reporting by Meg Shen and Twinnie Siu; Editing by Susan Fenton)