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Chinese Embassy Refutes the Guardian's Articles on Hailong 1 Wave-power Generating Device

The following is a letter from Ms. Zeng Rong, Spokesperson of the Chinese Embassy in the UK, responding to the Guardian's articles  on 10th and 15th October 2016.

Dear Editor,

I would like to bring your attention to the following matter.

Two articles carried by The Guardian on 10th and 15th October 2016 insinuated that a Chinese compay “stole” Scottish technology in the process of developing Hailong 1 wave-power generating device. However, these reports are not grounded on facts and are seriously misleading to the readers.

Upon seeing the above-mentioned reports, we immediately sent inquiry to the relevant company, China Shipbuilding Industry Corporation (CSIC). CSIC replied that Hailong 1 wave-power generating device is based on independent research and development by CSIC. The Chinese company has patent on the invention and application of this device in accordance with all international conventions on IPR as well as Chinese laws and regulations. In the designing and building process, the Chinese company had never had discussion with any British entity with regard to the relevant technology, nor purchased any reference material not open to public or employed any personnel associated with the Scottish company, Pelamis Wave Power. Hailong 1 has been designed to suit China's marine environment conditions. There are huge differences between Hailong 1 and the Pelamis' version in terms of design, appearance and structure of the joint.

China attaches great important to the protection of intellectual property rights. The World Intellectual Property Organization has established an office in China. The implication in your reports that the Chinese company had “stolen” British technology was not based on facts and represented a breach of the principle of accuracy which tops the Editor’s Code of Practice of IPSO. As for the implied association in the reports of a visiting Chinese delegation with a break-in burglary at the Scottish company, this irresponsible and unjustified sensationalization has done harm to the reputation of China and the image of the Chinese company and Chinese engineers and technicians. Those reports, which were reprinted by other newspapers, have caused further damages. I hereby request The Guardian to publish this letter to present the truth to all its readers.

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