Last week, Chinese President Hu Jintao visited the U.S. to discuss ways that the world's two largest economies can work together to confront our economic and national security challenges.
China's rise over the past quarter-century, lifting hundreds of millions of people from poverty, is an amazing achievement and the Chinese people have a right to be proud. Nonetheless, the Chinese government must address obstacles to market access, rampant intellectual property theft and other economic issues that do not provide a level playing field for American businesses.
During Hu Jintao's visit, he promised to start providing funds for government agencies to buy legitimate software, and set up audits to monitor the purchase and management of legal software by those agencies. Rep. Schiff welcomed Hu Jintao's pledge to take action on software piracy, however, as Co-Chair of the Congressional International Anti-Piracy Caucus, Rep. Schiff believes it will take a nationwide campaign against piracy to be successful, and one that includes civil and criminal measures. Rep. Schiff believe the toothless "administrative enforcement' that People's Republic of China authorities have used in the past, must become a thing of the past, replaced with meaningful and aggressive new action.
China also serious human rights and press freedom issues to confront. By continuing to censor and persecute its critics, Rep. Schiff believes the forward progress of the nation will be greatly diminished. Rep. Schiff urged the Beijing government to allow for a free press, which plays a critical role in democratic and economic development by stimulating innovation, exposing corruption and spurring reform.