EU warns China on piracy problem

Thursday, 8 June 2006, 06:07 GMT

European Union Trade Commissioner Peter Mandelson has made a fresh call for China to do more to improve market access and cut down on piracy.

He warned China would face a backlash in Europe unless it did more to "apply rather than circumvent the rules".

Mr Mandelson's comments came during a visit to Beijing for talks with his Chinese counterpart Bo Xilai.

European and US firms have long complained about the volume of pirated goods on sale in China.

Brussels and Washington have also clashed with Beijing over a number of trade issues in recent years, most recently accusing China of unfairly dumping clothing and shoe products on their markets.

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