Monday, 21 February 2022 15:44

China’s UTencent, Alibaba’s sites placed on US "notorious" list

WASHINGTON D.C.: The U.S. Trade Representative’s office has announced that the Chinese e-commerce sites run by Tencent and Alibaba Group have been included on the U.S. government’s latest "notorious markets" list of entities, which are alleged to have traded in or sold counterfeit goods.

Some 42 online markets and 35 physical markets were identified on the list as engaging in or facilitating substantial trademark counterfeiting or copyright piracy.

In a statement, the U.S. Trade Representative’s office said, "This includes identifying for the first time AliExpress and the WeChat e-commerce ecosystem, two significant China-based online markets that reportedly facilitate substantial trademark counterfeiting."

China-based online markets Baidu Wangpan, DHGate, Pinduoduo, and Taobao also remain on the list, along with nine physical markets located within China, "That are known for the manufacture, distribution, and sale of counterfeit goods," the office added.

Online and physical markets that reportedly engage in or facilitate substantial trademark counterfeiting or copyright piracy were reported on the list.

Alibaba said it will continue working with government agencies to address intellectual property protection concerns across its platforms.

The report was welcomed by industry bodies, such as the American Apparel and Footwear Association and the Motion Picture Association.

In a separate report, the Trade office said that the U.S. must adopt new strategies and update its domestic trade measures, to deal with China’s "state-led, non-market policies and practices."

For many years, the U.S. and China have been at odds concerning various trade issues, such as tariffs, technology, and intellectual property.

China had failed to make good on some commitments under a so-called "Phase 1" trade agreement signed by the administration of former President Donald Trump, the U.S. said.