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Wednesday, August 29, 2018, 10:47
China pledges to deepen cooperation with WIPO
By Xinhua
Wednesday, August 29, 2018, 10:47 By Xinhua

In this photograph dated Aug 28, 2018, Chinese Premier Li Keqiang (right) meets with World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) Director-General Francis Gurry, who is here to attend the 2018 high-level conference on intellectual property rights (IPRs) for countries along the Belt and Road, in Beijing, capital of China. (HUANG JINGWEN / XINHUA)

BEIJING - Chinese Premier Li Keqiang on Tuesday met with World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) Director-General Francis Gurry, who was in Beijing to attend the 2018 high-level conference on intellectual property rights (IPRs) for countries along the Belt and Road.

Li said IPR protection is the cornerstone of the economy while protecting IPRs is an inevitable requirement for achieving innovative development

Li said IPR protection is the cornerstone of the economy while protecting IPRs is an inevitable requirement for achieving innovative development.

Li also said innovation has increasingly becoming the driving force for countries to lead development in the aspect of scientific and technological revolution and in the process of economic transformation. 

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To protect IPRs is to protect innovation and the enthusiasm of innovative talent, he said.

Currently, Li said, China is in the critical stage of upgrading and improving its economy and will adopt a stricter IPR protection system and improve more of its laws and regulations.

IPR violations, once verified, will be severely punished, Li said, adding that China will treat all domestic and foreign enterprises equally and provide equal protection.

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China will never allow compulsory technology transfers, said Li, noting that if any such case is discovered, China will investigate and deal with it according to law.

Li stressed that China firmly adheres to multilateralism. Countries, big or small, should seek the greatest common interests in international affairs.

China is willing to deepen its cooperation with the WIPO and will maintain support for the WIPO's work, so as to promote a more open, inclusive, balanced and effective international IPR rules, and make new contributions to improving global governance on IPRs.

Gurry said China established a high-level IPR protection system, which regards intellectual property as the driving force for innovation and economic development, and treats Chinese and foreign companies equally, in the past 40 years. 

Congratulating the rise of China's ranking in Global Innovation Index 2018, Gurry said he believes China will make future developments.

Gurry said the WIPO is willing to deepen cooperation with China, maintain multilateralism and jointly meet challenges.

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