U.S. Includes 42 Chinese E-Commerce Sites to Blacklist

E-commerce sites operated by China’s Tencent Holdings and Alibaba Group have been added to the U.S. government’s “Notorious markets” list. The list has identified a total of 42 online and 35 physical markets, which were accused of contributing to trademark counterfeiting and copyright piracy.

The U.S. Trade Representative’s Office said this is the first time AliExpress and WeChat e-commerce system are identified as facilitating substantial trademark counterfeiting.

China-based online markets Baidu Wangpan, DHGate, Pinduoduo, and Taobao continue to be a part of the list, along with nine physical markets located in China.

Alibaba Group said it was willing to work with authorities to resolve the issue.

Tencent Holdings also said it is committed to work to resolve the matter although it strongly disagreed with the decision. The company added that it is monitoring, deterring and acting upon intellectual property rights violations across its platforms.

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