China arrests 263 in counterfeiting crackdown

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Chinese authorities have arrested hundreds of people accused of manufacturing and selling fake pharmaceuticals in the country’s Zhejiang province.

According to a report on China’s Xinhua ​news agency officers from the Jinhuia Public Security Department apprehended 263 people in a raid that took place on May 25.

The report goes on to say that the authorities seized counterfeit medicines, manufacturing equipment, computers and vehicles with a street value of 20m yuan ($3m).

The swoop is part of Ministry of Public Security co-ordinated crack down on the illegal production and sale of fake medicines.

If convicted those arrested may face long prison terms following the recent amendment​ to China’s laws on counterfeiting which removed the maximum three-year term that had been in place for such offences.

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