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China appeals ruling in WTO case

DVD shop in Beijing
US film producers want to be able to sell more DVDs in China

China has appealed a World Trade Organisation (WTO) decision against its restrictions on the import of US DVDs and other media products.

The WTO settlement had said China was breaching international trade rules by blocking foreign-owned firms from being importers and wholesalers.

The ruling ordered China to ease some of its curbs on foreign media products.

The United States brought the complaint to the WTO in 2007, but China has insisted its system is fair.

Documents relating to the grounds for the appeal have not been released.

Counterfeit consequence

The WTO ruling, made last month, also said China was breaking trade rules by preventing US music download firms from offering their services directly to Chinese customers.

Its ruling also covers the export of US books, magazines and computer games to China.

China's current limitations on the import of official US DVDs and other media products has created a large domestic counterfeit industry, much to US annoyance.

At the time of the WTO decision, Beijing said: "The channels for China's import market for published materials, movies and music are completely unimpeded."

The WTO upheld China's limits on the distribution of US films and made no ruling on Chinese censorship.

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