U.S. blacklists Tencent and Alibaba’s e-commerce sites

U.S. government has added e-commerce sites operated by China’s Tencent Holdings Ltd and Alibaba Group Holding Ltd to its latest “notorious markets” list, the U.S. Trade Representative’s office said.

The list identifies 42 online markets and 35 physical markets that are reported to engage in or facilitate substantial trademark counterfeiting or copyright piracy, Reuters reports.

For the first time AliExpress and the WeChat e-commerce ecosystem were added to the list.

The U.S said the two significant China-based online markets “reportedly facilitate substantial trademark counterfeiting.”

China-based online markets Baidu Wangpan, DHGate, Pinduoduo, and Taobao also continue to be part of the list, along with nine physical markets located within China.

The United States and China have been engaged in trade tensions for years over issues like tariffs, technology and intellectual property, among others.

The United States has said China had failed to make good on some commitments under a so-called “Phase 1” trade agreement signed by the administration of former President Donald Trump.

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