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China slams online counterfeits
Chinese officials crushing counterfeit goods
China has been crushing pirated goods
Chinese authorities have closed an online store that was imitating a Shanghai market, renowned for selling counterfeit goods.

The Chinese language website listed pirated goods, similar to those in Shanghai's Xiangyang Road Market.

The Shanghai Industrial and Commercial Administrative Bureau said it had closed the site, local newspaper Shanghai Daily said, reported AP.

Anyone who tried to visit the site received an error message.

It was unclear if the website, found at http://www.xymarket.cn, and the physical market were commercially connected.

Tougher stance

The bureau also closed down two retailers selling pirated goods and in the process seized over 3,500 imitation goods.

The market, a popular destination with tourists, has been booming as the government has failed to counter the burgeoning number of pirated goods.

This recent move is the latest sign that China, deemed the world's biggest producer of imitation goods, is beginning to adopt a tougher stance to combat this booming trade.

China recently announced it would create a court to focus on enforcing intellectual property rights.

Xiangyang Road market is due to close down in the summer, paving way instead for the construction of a commercial building and train tunnel.

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