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Chinese police arrested 251 people who pirated dozens of films

It was done before the next round of meeting between China and the US

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/NOVOSTIVL/ China on Monday said it had arrested 251 people who pirated dozens of films over the Lunar New Year in an apparent bid to support its claim it has tightened protection of intellectual property rights ahead of trade talks with the United States.This article appeared in the South China Morning Post.

The Ministry of Public Security’s announcement of the arrests comes on the eve of the next round of trade war negotiations between China and the United States, starting on Tuesday in Beijing.

Police said on Monday at a press conference in Yangzhou, in central China’s Jiangsu province, that they had arrested 251 suspects, shut down 361 websites, closed 57 apps and seized seven servers engaged in the production of high-definition pirated films, the state-owned Xinhua news agency reported.

Zhang Zuoliang, a senior officer with the Ministry of Public Security, was quoted as saying that the bootlegging of the eight films caused legitimate cinemas and legal video platforms to lose around 787 million yuan (US$116.9 million).

President Xi Jinping pledged at the second Belt and Road Forum last week that China will honour its promises on intellectual property protection to ease the worries of overseas investors.