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China's Premier Li Keqiang speaks during a news conference with Malaysia's Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad (not pictured) at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, China, August, 20, 2018. How Hwee Young/Pool via REUTERS


BEIJING (Reuters) - Premier Li Keqiang said on Tuesday China will adopt a more strict intellectual property rights protection system and will seriously punish breaches of such rights, according to a statement on Chinese government website www.gov.cn.

In a meeting with World Intellectual Property Organization Director General Francis Gurry in Beijing on Tuesday, Li also reiterated that China treats domestic and foreign companies equally and does not allow forced technology transfers.

(Reporting by Beijing Monitoring Desk; Editing by Richard Borsuk)

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