Prez: Keep China’s trade status

WASHINGTON — President Clinton announced Monday he wants to extend most-favored-nation trading status to China for another year. The trade policy must still be approved by Congress.

“I can’t say that I’m very surprised” said Jay Berman, president of the Recording Industry Assn. of America. Berman said he supports the one-year extension, but added that any longer extension should be put off until China signs international trade agreements that would protect U.S. copyright holders.

Until last year China had been a frequent target of the film and recording industries, which complained that the Communist country allowed copyright piracy to go unchecked. Last year, after much cajoling, China closed more than 30 factories producing unlicensed material. Although piracy in China is still rampant, Berman and others hope that further crackdowns are in the works.

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