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China Says Its High-Speed Trains Are More Advanced Than Japan’s

July 8 (Bloomberg) -- China rejected Japanese accusations that it violated patents for bullet trains, saying Chinese technology is more advanced than that used by its competitor, state-run media reported.

China, which is building the world’s largest high-speed rail network, also won’t give up the right to file patent applications for its innovations, Xinhua News Agency reported, citing Wang Yongping, a spokesman for the Ministry of Railways. China CNR Corp Ltd. and the China Academy of Railway Sciences have applied abroad for patents since 2009, Wang said in a chat on Xinhua’s website, according to the state-run China Daily newspaper.

Wang spoke after Japan’s Kawasaki Heavy Industries Ltd. said earlier this month it would take action if China sought patents for high-speed trains. China, which opened a high-speed line between Beijing and Shanghai on June 30, said it had advanced beyond the technology transferred by Kawasaki in 2004, China Daily reported.

“The Beijing-Shanghai high-speed railway and Japan’s Shinkansen line cannot be mentioned in the same breath, as many of the technological indicators used by China’s high-speed railways are far better than those used in Japan’s Shinkansen,” Wang said, according to Xinhua.

Patents have been granted for more than 1,900 items in China’s high-speed railway network, with patents for another 481 technologies under review, China Daily reported.

The important thing is to obey global rules, and talks between Japan and China should be based on World Trade Organization regulations, Akihiro Ohata, Japan’s transport minister, said in a briefing in Tokyo today.

China and Japan must not engage in “a heated verbal battle,” Ohata said.

To contact the reporter on this story: Michael Wei in Shanghai at mwei13@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Neil Denslow at ndenslow@bloomberg.net

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