US adds sites operated by Tencent and Alibaba to ‘notorious marketplaces’ list

Reuters

E-commerce sites operated by Chinese groups Tencent and Alibaba have been added to the U.S. government’s latest “notorious markets” list, the U.S. Trade Representative’s office announced Thursday.

The list identifies 42 online marketplaces and 35 physical marketplaces that engage in or facilitate substantial trademark counterfeiting or copyright piracy.

“This includes the identification for the first time of AliExpress and the WeChat e-commerce ecosystem, two prominent China-based online marketplaces that allegedly facilitate substantial trademark infringement,” the USTR office said in a statement. communicated.

China-based online marketplaces Baidu Wangpan, DHGate, Pinduoduo, and Taobao also continue to make the list, along with nine physical marketplaces located in China “which are known for manufacturing, distributing, and selling counterfeit products,” the USTR office. noted.

China disagrees with the U.S. government’s decision to include certain e-commerce sites in its list of notorious markets, calling the action “irresponsible”, China’s Ministry of Commerce said on Friday.

Alibaba said it would continue to work with government agencies to address concerns about intellectual property protection on its platforms.

Tencent said it strongly disagreed with the decision and was “committed to working collaboratively to resolve this issue.” It added that it actively monitors, deters and responds to violations across all of its platforms and has invested significant resources in protecting intellectual property rights.

Registration on the list damages the reputation of companies but does not lead to any direct sanction.

Industry groups, including the American Apparel and Footwear Association (AAFA) and the Motion Picture Association, welcomed the USTR’s release of the report.

The USTR office said in a separate report released Wednesday that the United States needed to pursue new strategies and update domestic trade tools to deal with the “state-directed non-trade policies and practices” of the China.

The United States and China have been engaged in trade tensions for years over issues such as tariffs, technology and intellectual property, among others.

The United States has said China has failed to meet certain commitments under a so-called “Phase 1” trade deal signed by the administration of former President Donald Trump.

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