In Beijing on Thursday China’s General Administration of Customs and the US Trade and Development Agency signed a cooperation agreement on Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) protection.
Part of the agreement will result in IPR protection experts introducing to China's customs staff the international customs regulations relating to IPR protection.
US delegates working in commercial fields will also have an opportunity to discuss with Chinese customs staff IPR protection issues.
China and the US are already working together on IPR protection topics including research on related regulations and staff training.
IPR protection is a major topic of the existing trade going on between the two countries. China has taken several measures to improve IPR protection but the US contends that much remains to be done. .
(Xinhua News Agency May 26, 2006)