Summary Box: China cracks down on copyright crimes

 Published: 1/11/2011 12:26:00 PM GMT
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THE NEWS: China promised tougher enforcement against illegal copying of movies, music and other goods that has added to tensions with Washington and hurt fledgling Chinese producers.

THE BACKGROUND: Beijing has launched repeated crackdowns, but foreign governments and trade groups say its enforcement has not been strict enough.

SENSITIVE TIMING: The announcement comes ahead of a visit to Washington by Chinese President Hu Jintao next week. Piracy is a sensitive issue at a time when Washington and other governments want to boost exports and create jobs.


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