China to enhance protection of foreign firms’ IPR
China has said it will further strengthen protection of foreign enterprises investing in China by intensifying crackdown on piracy. 
China has launched an anti-piracy program called “Sword Net 2017” in a bid to eliminate violation of intellectual property rights (IPR), China’s National Press and Publication Bureau of Radio and Television said Friday during a press conference on the sidelines of the 19th National Congress of the Communist Party of China in Beijing. 
“’Sword Net 2017’ will focus on the protection of copyrights on e-commerce platforms and software app stores, and the program is now underway,” said Zhang Hongsen, deputy director of the Bureau. “We believe with the development of this program, IPR of those from both inside and outside China will all be effectively protected.” 
According to Chinese media, around two months before the Congress, 12 Chinese government departments jointly decided to start the program which lasts from September to December this year to fight against the violation of IPR of foreign enterprises in China. It is reportedly the first anti-piracy campaign aimed at protecting foreign enterprises’ IPR by the Chinese government in recent years.
The campaign can help ease foreign enterprises’ concerns about making investment in China. Foreign media such as the Financial Times has reported about foreign enterprises’ concerns over IPR violation in China. U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker has also warned about China’s IP theft. 
The Chinese government has spared no efforts in fighting against IP theft in recent years. According to Zhang, since the launch of the “Sword Net” action in 2005, China has been focusing on the investigation of online piracies, protecting intellectual property rights and enhance cooperation in the area of copyrights. 
“Many foreign organizations have been very supportive to this action, such as the Motion Picture Association of America, the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry as well as the International Organization for Standardization,” Zhang added. 

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