With the US putting continued pressure on China about "stopping piracy," the government has been making noises
lately about cracking down on infringement. Now, the Chinese Vice Minister of Commerce has declared the crackdown a success
Marking the end of a nine-month campaign against intellectual property rights (IPR) infringement with cases worth 3.43 billion yuan ($530 million), Vice Minister of Commerce Jiang Zengwei said the situation had taken a turn for the better.
"You could say that there still exists some problems with China's IPR, but I don't endorse the idea that it is extremely serious," Jiang told reporters at a press conference.
Jiang said police had shutdown 12,854 illegal plants making pirated and counterfeit goods and arrested 9,031 suspects since the crackdown began in late October.
Of course, this is unlikely to actually slow down much infringement in the country, nor is it likely to make the US happy. They won't be happy until China is using intellectual property laws as a justification to block American competition
... and then, suddenly, the US government won't be happy for a totally different reason -- never taking a break to realize that it was its own fault for pressuring the Chinese government to use these laws for its own purposes, rather than the way that some American companies want them to be used.