"Don't Expect Much Progress in Terms of Intellectual-Property Rights"

Merkel's China Visit—as Trade Ties Grow—Expected to Play Down Thorny Issues

30. August 2012 - 0:00

Kategorie: Bilaterale Beziehungen, China, Deutschland

German Chancellor Angela Merkel arrives in China today as the head of the largest German business delegation ever to visit the country. "The theme is business as usual," said Eberhard Sandschneider, director of the think tank of the German Council on Foreign Relations (DGAP). "Don't expect much progress in terms of intellectual-property rights from this visit."

Mr. Sandschneider says that German companies should benefit from Chinese companies' own growing complaints about intellectual theft by other Chinese businesses, which is making the issue of patent protection more pressing for Chinese authorities. "When your own country's companies start complaining, that helps move the ball forward," he said.

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