BEIJING (AP) -- The government will allow foreign copyright organizations to establish offices in China, an state-run newspaper reported Tuesday.

The move is intended to improve protection of foreign copyrights and help China's own copyright sector to develop, an spokesman for the State Copyright Administration was quoted by the China Daily as saying.

China's inadequate protection of American movies, music and software nearly led to a trade war with the United States earlier this year.

U.S. businesses lose some $1 billion annually due to copyright, patent, and trademark theft in China.

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