Washington, D.C.— Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY), Senator Tom Cotton (R-AR), Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-MD), and Senator Todd Young (R-IN) today sent a letter to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo urging the Secretary to vigorously oppose China’s leadership in the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), given China’s persistent violations of intellectual property protections, including through trade secret theft, corporate espionage, and forced transfer of technology.
Sens. Schumer, Cotton, Van Hollen, and Young write that China’s intent to lead the World Intellectual Property Organization, a specialized agency of the United Nations, poses a significant threat to both U.S. economic security and the integrity of international IP rights and standards. The Senators note that the Chinese Communist Party is strategically investing in critical and emerging technologies as part of Made in China 2025 and other Chinese Communist Party-led industrial policies, including a patchwork of practices and tactics that coerce American companies to transfer their technology and IP to domestic Chinese corporations, with the aim of undermining U.S. innovation and economic leadership.
The Senators emphasized that the United States cannot allow China, which routinely violates its commitment to adhere to a rules-based system and remains on USTR’s Priority Watch List for its failure to strengthen IP protection and enforcement and for engaging in harmful conduct, ascend as the leader of global intellectual property policy. Sens. Schumer, Cotton, Van Hollen, and Young urge Secretary Pompeo to oppose China’s leadership in the World Intellectual Property Organization and take the necessary diplomatic steps to ensure our allies and partners do the same before the nomination of the Director-General in Geneva, Switzerland this week.
Senators Schumer, Cotton, Van Hollen, and Young’s letter to Secretary Pompeo can be found here and below: