Where should China stand in the international negotiations on intellectual property?

Beijing CBD

Event details


Date & time

Tuesday 12 December 2017


Coombs Extension 1.04
ANU Canberra


Xu yuan


School of Regulation and Global Governance (RegNet)
02 6125 6033

China is moving from passively accepting economic and trade rules to actively making international economic and trade rules. China now aims to be “actively participating in global governance”. In the process of participating in global governance, one of the most essential issues for China is to define its identity.

At present, considering China’s current scientific and technological economic development, China is in a delicate position on the intellectual property protection issue. On the one hand, China is a major developing country, with the general characteristics of developing countries in terms of per capita income, economic structure, national education and management level. However, on the other hand, China is a large emerging country. In some important indicators of science and technology, China is not only well ahead of other developing countries, but also even ahead of some developed countries.

Thus, in today’s international economic landscape, China’s role and positioning is complex, diverse and contradictory at times. China is no longer being looked upon as a developing country, but it is  not yet a developed country either; it lies somewhere in between. This special condition determines both the consistency and the conflict of interests between China and the developing countries.

So, in international negotiations of intellectual property, should China stand on the side of the developing world or on the side of the developed world? Or, should it have its own separate position? This question is explored by considering the development of China’s economics and science and technology.

About the speaker

Xu yuan is currently a visiting fellow at Regnet. His main research interest lies in intellectual property (IP) protection in international trade, and globalization of IP rights law.

From 2007 to 2010, he studied at Dongbei University of Finance and Economics, majoring in international trade, and was awarded the economic doctorate. From 2012 to 2015, Xuyuan did his post-doctorate research work in the Center for Studies of Intellectual Property Rights, Zhongnan University of Economics and Law, working on Globalization of Intellectual Property Rights Law and the Developing Strategy of Chinese Trade.

He has published numerous articles and published a few books, including “Trade Barriers to Intellectual Property Rights”. He has also supervised many research projects, including a political and economic analysis of the globalization of IP rights law, and a project exploring IP barriers in international trade and its impact on foreign trade in China.

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