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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

U.S. Complains About China to WTO

GENEVA -- The United States filed two new complaints Tuesday against China at the WTO over copyright policy and restrictions on the sale of movies, music and books, trade officials said.

The move at the World Trade Organization comes one day after U.S. Trade Representative Susan Schwab said U.S. companies were losing billions of dollars annually from piracy levels in China that "remain unacceptably high."

The Chinese Commerce Ministry on Tuesday expressed its "strong dissatisfaction" at the U.S. action.

"The two cases have been formally submitted," said Magda Siekert, a spokeswoman for the U.S. mission to international organizations in Geneva. The formal requests for consultations were not immediately made available.

One case contends that Beijing's lax enforcement of copyright and trademark protections violates WTO rules, Schwab told reporters in Washington on Monday. The other argues that Beijing has erected barriers to the sale of U.S.-produced movies, music and books in China that contravene WTO rules.