WTO Panel on Chinese Content Distribution Delayed (IP-Watch)

“The formation of a World Trade Organization panel requested by the United States on China’s distribution of American copyrighted material was delayed this week after a procedural move on an unrelated matter. The US panel request was to be considered by the WTO Dispute Settlement Body on 19 November, but the agenda for the meeting was blocked by Taiwan in relation to its sovereignty dispute with China, according to sources. An informal meeting of heads of delegation was held on Friday to try to resolve the issue but at press time it had not been settled. It was unclear what the timeframe might be, according to a WTO source. Taiwan blocked China’s appointment to the WTO Appellate Body by acting to remove the item from the agenda. A number of members, including the United States, Japan and European Union, said it should remain….”

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