IDG News today reported that China’s Ministry of Commerce was deeply unsatisfied with the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) listing of China’s Taobao on the world’s “notorious market” list for piracy and counterfeit offenders.

“Since there is no conclusive evidence, there is no detailed analysis, this is very irresponsible and not objective,” said Ministry of Commerce spokesman Shen Danyang during a Wednesday media briefing.

A part of the Alibaba empire, Taobao is China’s crown jewel making up a mind boggling 85% of China’s RMB513 Billion B2C/C2C market. So it is understandable that China feels offended when other people or countries like the U.S. say it is supporting sales of fake goods. Of course there must be some cases of unscrupulous trading; I don’t believe it makes up the majority of transactions on the site. Even sites like EBay have a hard time of controlling such practices in America or other operating cities.

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Jason Lim

Jason is an Australian born Chinese living in Beijing, specializing in entrepreneurship, start-ups and the investment eco-system in China, especially in the tech and social area.