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Feb 18, 2022 03:23 PM
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U.S. Adds WeChat, AliExpress to Notorious Piracy Market List

WeChat and Weixin, its China-facing version, are seen to be among the largest platforms for counterfeit goods in the country, with more than 1.2 billion active users around the world in 2021, USTR said. Photo: Bloomberg
WeChat and Weixin, its China-facing version, are seen to be among the largest platforms for counterfeit goods in the country, with more than 1.2 billion active users around the world in 2021, USTR said. Photo: Bloomberg

(Bloomberg) — The U.S. has added Chinese messaging platform WeChat and online marketplace AliExpress to its list of notorious markets for counterfeiting and piracy, an annual compilation of the worst intellectual-property abusers and counterfeiters.

Alibaba Group Holding Ltd.-owned AliExpress and Tencent Holdings Ltd.’s WeChat are “two significant China-based online markets that reportedly facilitate substantial trademark counterfeiting,” the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative said in a statement accompanying the release of the 2021 review Thursday.

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