Chinese websites pledge to fight counterfeits


A host of online retailers in China has pledged to cooperate with the authorities in a bid to root out sellers of counterfeit goods.

The websites are being represented by retailer Jingdong Online Shopping (JD) and have signed a pledge committing them to monitoring the quality of goods sold online.

The news was published by the government-approved Beijing E-Commerce Association.

JD said it would submit the names of users suspected of selling counterfeits to the government department Beijing Administration of Industry and Commerce.

The information will also be sent to authorities in the cities of Shanghai and Chengdu.

More than ten websites have signed up to the pledge, although their names have not been revealed.

JD follows its rival e-commerce company Alibaba Group, which earlier this year made a similar pledge with businesses to fight counterfeits.

According to The Wall Street Journal, Alibaba said it spends more than 100 million yuan ($16.3 million) annually to fight counterfeit goods, particularly on its internet retail site Taobao, where there are eight million sellers.

In July this year, JD had to remove a seller following a report in local media that it was selling fake luxury watches, bags and other goods.

JD banned the seller after an investigation, according to company spokesman Josh Gartner.

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