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The US has made a formal request to the World Trade Organization (WTO) for it to crack down on copyright piracy and counterfeiting in China.
It says that China's failure to enforce copyright laws is costing software, music and book publishers billions of dollars in lost sales.
China has yet to comment on the formal request for a WTO hearing.
However when the US first launched its challenge in June, Intellectual Property Office commissioner Tian Lipu was quoted by state media as saying that it was "not a sensible move for the US government to file such a complaint".