China responds to WTO ruling

Decision to open country to more U.S. imports

BEIJING — China’s Ministry of Commerce said Tuesday that it regretted the World Trade Organization’s decision to uphold a ruling against China’s restrictions on imports of Hollywood films, as well as music and books from the U.S. (Daily Variety, Dec. 22).

The decision effectively denied Beijing’s claim that the curbs were necessary to protect public morals, and the government must now free up distribution of “cultural products,” including U.S. DVDs, CDs, computer games, books, magazines and films. The ruling could make it easier for Hollywood films to show in China, potentially the world’s biggest market.

The U.S. and China have been locked in a number of trade disputes of late, many of them related to what the U.S. sees as the artificially low level of China’s yuan, which makes its goods cheaper abroad.

China has imported about 500,000 titles of all kinds every year since joining the WTO in 2001, as promised in its entry agreement, it said.

More Film

  • Star Wars: The Last Jedi

    Box Office: 'Star Wars: The Last Jedi' Hits $230 Million at International Box Office

    BEIJING — China’s Ministry of Commerce said Tuesday that it regretted the World Trade Organization’s decision to uphold a ruling against China’s restrictions on imports of Hollywood films, as well as music and books from the U.S. (Daily Variety, Dec. 22). The decision effectively denied Beijing’s claim that the curbs were necessary to protect public […]

  • Star Wars: The Last Jedi..Captain Phasma

    Box Office: 'Star Wars: The Last Jedi' Soars to $220 Million Opening Weekend

    BEIJING — China’s Ministry of Commerce said Tuesday that it regretted the World Trade Organization’s decision to uphold a ruling against China’s restrictions on imports of Hollywood films, as well as music and books from the U.S. (Daily Variety, Dec. 22). The decision effectively denied Beijing’s claim that the curbs were necessary to protect public […]

  • Les Arcs Film Festival

    Les Arcs European Film Festival's Industry Village Kicks Off with Strong Roster

    BEIJING — China’s Ministry of Commerce said Tuesday that it regretted the World Trade Organization’s decision to uphold a ruling against China’s restrictions on imports of Hollywood films, as well as music and books from the U.S. (Daily Variety, Dec. 22). The decision effectively denied Beijing’s claim that the curbs were necessary to protect public […]

  • Star Wars: The Last Jedi

    Box Office: 'Star Wars: The Last Jedi' Rockets to $215 Million Opening Weekend

    BEIJING — China’s Ministry of Commerce said Tuesday that it regretted the World Trade Organization’s decision to uphold a ruling against China’s restrictions on imports of Hollywood films, as well as music and books from the U.S. (Daily Variety, Dec. 22). The decision effectively denied Beijing’s claim that the curbs were necessary to protect public […]

  • Disney-Fox Deal Sets Up Scramble for

    Disney-Fox Deal Unleashes Flood of Free-Agent Executives, Talent

    BEIJING — China’s Ministry of Commerce said Tuesday that it regretted the World Trade Organization’s decision to uphold a ruling against China’s restrictions on imports of Hollywood films, as well as music and books from the U.S. (Daily Variety, Dec. 22). The decision effectively denied Beijing’s claim that the curbs were necessary to protect public […]

  • Anita Hill

    Anita Hill Chairs Hollywood Anti-Sexual Harassment Commission Formed by Top Execs

    BEIJING — China’s Ministry of Commerce said Tuesday that it regretted the World Trade Organization’s decision to uphold a ruling against China’s restrictions on imports of Hollywood films, as well as music and books from the U.S. (Daily Variety, Dec. 22). The decision effectively denied Beijing’s claim that the curbs were necessary to protect public […]

  • Warren Beatty

    Arnon Milchan Sues Warren Beatty Over 'Rules Don't Apply' Flop

    BEIJING — China’s Ministry of Commerce said Tuesday that it regretted the World Trade Organization’s decision to uphold a ruling against China’s restrictions on imports of Hollywood films, as well as music and books from the U.S. (Daily Variety, Dec. 22). The decision effectively denied Beijing’s claim that the curbs were necessary to protect public […]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content