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China must not politicize international agencies

Abuse of system warps global response to critical issues, including coronavirus

The Geneva headquarters of the World Intellectual Property Organization.   © Reuters

After an official from Singapore beat out a mainland Chinese candidate in the World Intellectual Property Organization's leadership election in March, Beijing accused the U.S. of "politicizing" the vote. But China's own politicization of other international agencies has been alarming.

WIPO is a specialized agency of the United Nations tasked with promoting international protections for intellectual property. Frustration with China's widely known intellectual property violations runs deep in many industrialized countries, particularly the U.S.

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