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Zhuang Rongwen Met with Wang Binying Deputy Director General of WIPO and Her Party

Zhuang Rongwen (Right) Talking with Wang Binying (Left)

On the afternoon of June 1, Zhuang Rongwen, Administrator of the National Administrator of Press and Publication of China and National Copyright Administration of China (NCAC), met with Wang Binying, Deputy Director General of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) in Beijing. They have exchanged ideas on further enhancing cooperation in copyright and promoting the Beijing Treaty on Audiovisual Performances to come into effect as soon as possible.

Zhuang Rongwen extended warm welcome to Deputy Director General Wang Binying and her party. He said, since China joined WIPO on June 3, 1980, NCAC and WIPO have mutually supported, sincerely cooperated and deeply exchanged with each other in international copyright affairs, and good results have been achieved. Particularly, in June 2012, WIPO convened the Diplomatic Conference on the Protection of Audiovisual Performances in Beijing and successfully concluded the Beijing Treaty on Audiovisual Performances, which effectively enhanced China’s voice and influence in international copyright. In December 2015, the two parties signed a memorandum of understanding on cooperation in Shanghai, which was a step forward in all-round copyright cooperation. Mr. Zhuang expressed his gratitude to WIPO for working with China to jointly conduct a special study on the economic contribution of the copyright related industres, for issuing the “WIPO-NCAC Copyright Awards” in China, and for sharing the copyright protection experience of Nantong Textile and Fujian Dehua Ceramics with the rest of the world.

Zhuang Rongwen hoped that WIPO would continue to strengthen cooperation with China in the training of copyright professionals and the improvement of the copyright protection system, and to support China playing a greater role in international copyright affairs. NCAC is willing to work with WIPO through joint activities such as the International Copyright Forum to share China’s practice and experience in the creation, protection and use of copyright with the rest of the world. NCAC will continue to actively participate in international copyright matters, promote the formulation of new international copyright rules, and bring the Beijing Treaty on Audiovisual Performances into force as soon as possible through communicating with WIPO member states.

Wang Binying, on behalf of Mr. Francis Gurry, Director General of WIPO, first congratulated Zhuang Rongwen on his promotion as the Administrator of the National Copyright Administration of China. She highly recognized the efforts made by China in copyright in recent years, especially the significant results achieved in the special campaign “Jianwang” which is continuously carried out to combat online infringement and piracy. She believed that NCAC had done a lot of practical and concrete work to promote the development of the copyright industry, which played a positive role in promoting China's economic development and raising people’s awareness of copyright. NCAC has created a copyright administration model with strong Chinese characteristics. WIPO is willing to continue to strengthen exchanges and cooperation with NCAC to jointly promote worldwide copyright innovation and protection.

During the talks, the two parties also discussed and negotiated on various matters, such as jointly organizing an international conference on the theme of “Economic and Cultural Value of Films and Copyright Protection” and renewing the MOU on cooperation during the Shanghai International Film Festival, as well as organizing the 7th China International Copyright Expo and issuing the “WIPO-NCAC Copyright Awards”.

During the meeting, they were accompanied by Mr. Guo Yiqiang, Director-General of the Publication Bureau of the Publicity Department of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China(CPC), Mr. Yu Cike, Director-General of
Copyright Department of NCAC, and Mr. Chen Hongbing, Director of the WIPO Office in China.

Author: Lai Mingfang

Updated: June 4, 2018