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Invisible Gold in Asia by David Llewelyn

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What the IPRs are depends on where you are. The position in every country is different despite a complicated network of international conventions that aims to harmonise national laws.

To a greater or lesser extent, there are now IPRs in all countries.

As part of the price paid to enter the WTO—which it did in December 2001, only 10 years after Deng Xiaoping’s famous South China Speeches promoting further reform—China has introduced an advanced IPR system at breakneck speed over the past 25 years or so, in parallel with the explosive growth of its economy. During a speech at the 4th Strategic Economic Dialogue in New York in June 2008, Chinese Vice-Premier Wang Qishan noted: “The Chinese people only learned about the term ‘intellectual ...

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