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Cotton, Colleagues: China Shouldn’t Lead World Intellectual Property Organization

Washington, D.C. — Senators Tom Cotton (R-Arkansas) and Chuck Schumer (D-New York), along with Representatives Jimmy Panetta (D-California) and Mike Gallagher (R-Wisconsin), sent a letter urging the president to strongly oppose China’s efforts to lead the World Intellectual Property Organization at the United Nations.

In the letter, the lawmakers write that China’s persistent violations of intellectual property protections—as well as the Chinese Communist Party’s aggressive industrial policies and technology practices that undermine U.S. innovation—present serious risks to the United States’ economic leadership and security. Those risks include Huawei Technologies, which was the top corporate filer of international patent applications to the World Intellectual Property Organization in 2018.

The lawmakers’ letter to the president may be found here. The text is below.

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