BEIJING, March 29 (Xinhua) -- Visiting U.S. Secretary of Commerce Carlos Gutierrez said here Wednesday that the Chinese leadership has "vision and courage" in finding way of becoming an innovative society.
During his five-day China tour, Gutierrez asked for a round-table meeting with ranking officials from the country's National Intellectual Property Strategy Formulation Leading Group, which is headed by Chinese Vice Premier Wu Yi.
"The role of government is very important in ensuring intellectual property protection," Gutierrez said, adding the U.S. government does not pick winners or losers, which is decided by the market instead.
"It is culturally important to explain why intellectual property has the same importance as physical property," the secretary said.
Bilateral trade between the two countries hit 212 billion U.S. dollars in 2005. And China has become the fourth largest export market and the third largest trade partner of the U.S..
Intellectual property is among the priorities of Gutierrez's agenda during this tour.
He highlighted the importance of ensuring the confidence of U.S. companies in China's legal system for intellectual property protection.
"The U.S. is willing to offer up partnership and cooperation in intellectual property with China," Gutierrez said.
At another venue earlier Wednesday addressing people from economic and press community, Gutierrez said politicizing trade frictions between Washington and Beijing might put at risk "too many jobs and too much investment."
U.S.-China trade should be focusing on how to improve business, he said.
The U.S. has drawn "significant benefits" from commerce with China, said Gutierrez. "Our consumers gain additional choices and many American firms are operating profitably in China."
Zhang Qin, vice commissioner of the State Intellectual Property Office, said China must protect "intellectual property to ensure a sustainable developing economy."
"In fact piracy strikes the heaviest blows on Chinese companies and consumers," said Zhang, citing that about 80 percent of intellectual property infringement was between Chinese companies.
"We are completely serious about protecting intellectual property and have made substantive progress in recent years in this field," Tian said. Enditem