As the latest clue to already deteriorating ties between the US and China, Washington on Thursday added the Beijing-based messaging platform WeChat and the online marketplace AliExpress to the list of infamous markets. The Office of the United States Trade Representatives (USTR) said in the official statement that both Chinese firms were added to this list for counterfeiting and privacy in the annual gathering of the worst abusers and counterfeiters of intellectual property rights.
The Office of USTR said in a statement, “The 2021 Notorious Markets List also identifies 42 online markets and 35 physical markets that are reported to engage in or facilitate significant trademark counterfeiting or copyright piracy. This includes identifying AliExpress and the WeChat e-commerce ecosystem for the first time. , two significant China-based online markets that allegedly enable significant counterfeiting. “
“The Chinese-based online markets Baidu Wangpan, DHGate, Pinduoduo and Taobao also continue to be on the list, as well as nine physical markets in China, which are known for manufacturing, distributing and selling counterfeit goods,” it added.
It should be noted here that the USTR only started publishing the annual independent list in 2011 in an attempt to make the public aware of such markets and also to help operators and governments prioritize efforts. Last year, the USTR Office identified at least 42 online and 35 physical markets that are reported to either involve or promote significant trademark counterfeiting or copyright piracy.
What is the ‘The Notorious Market’ list?
The Office of USTR’s The Notorious Markets List, which has been published annually since 2011, is primarily intended to protect U.S. companies and their employees from such firms. However, this list does not contain “an exhaustive list of all markets reported to trade in or facilitate copyright piracy or counterfeiting on a commercial scale, nor does it reflect the results of offenses or the U.S. Government’s analysis of general intellectual property protection and enforcement. the climate of the country concerned. “
The United States, which added AliExpress and WeChat to its infamous market list, came amid tensions between the two nations. Although the world’s two largest economies share the largest bilateral trade relationship, ties have deteriorated since 2018. Former US President Donald Trump administration imposed tariffs on more than $ 300 billion in imports from China, which included a range of products. While China also imposed retaliatory sanctions, Washington has now called on Beijing on a number of other issues, including human rights violations and the Communist Party’s defeat in Hong Kong.