U.S. lawmakers demand tough action on China piracy

Posted in: Online TV/Music at 22/07/2010 14:36

U.S. lawmakers on Wednesday called for tough new measures to punish China for its failure to stop widespread piracy and counterfeiting of U.S. goods ranging from music CDs to manufactured products.

"I think we ought to consider this economic terrorism," Representative William Delahunt said, reflecting the frustration of many Democrats and Republicans at a House of Representatives Foreign Affairs Committee hearing.

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