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China says intellectual property rights crackdown not reaction to other countries' probes

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BEIJING, Sept 28 (Reuters) - China's commerce ministry said on Thursday that its months-long crackdown on intellectual property rights violations was not a response to probes by other countries.

Protection of intellectual property rights is important to China, ministry spokesman Gao Feng told reporters at a regular briefing in Beijing.

Earlier this month, the ministry said China had launched a campaign targeting theft of business secrets and knock offs of well-known brands, and had taken steps to protect copyrighted material. (Reporting by Yawen Chen and Ryan Woo; Editing by Shri Navaratnam)