President George W. Bush once again brought up the problem of piracy in China today (July 19) at a White House press conference. Bush and visiting Australian Prime Minister John Howard were asked by r

President George W. Bush once again brought up the problem of piracy in China today (July 19) at a White House press conference.

Bush and visiting Australian Prime Minister John Howard were asked by reporters about their views on trade with China. The president first cited problems with inequitable currency values in China, then moved on to piracy.

"The second difficulty is on intellectual property rights," said the
president. "It's very important to emerging economies to understand that in order to be a fair trading partner, that you've got to honor somebody else's intellectual property. And sometimes that's a hard concept for countries to understand. And so we're working very closely on that issue with China."

Bush recently sent Secretary of Commerce Carlos Gutierrez to China for a second round of piracy talks with Chinese leaders (Billboard, July 23).

He spoke of the problem at the swearing-in ceremony of Robert Portman as U.S. Trade Representative last May.

The White House also announced Bush will name his nominee to the Supreme Court tonight at 9 p.m.to fill the seat of retiring justice Sandra Day O'Connor.