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US blocks China from helm of intellectual property agency

Singaporean receives nod as WIPO director general after heavy lobbying

WIPO headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland.  The U.S. blocked a Chinese candidate from heading the intellectual property organization.   © Reuters

LAUSANNE, Switzerland -- An official from Singapore was nominated Wednesday to lead the World Intellectual Property Organization after U.S. lobbying against a Chinese candidate.

Daren Tang, 47, will assume the post of director general of the U.N. agency for a five-year term if confirmed by the organization in May. Tang currently heads the Intellectual Property Office of Singapore. 

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