At the 'Third Intellectual Property and Urban Development Mayor Forum', November 22, 2010, the State Intellectual Property Office (SIPO) commissioner Tian Lipu refuted allegations that China's high speed rail systems are based on plagiarism. See IP Dragon' article 'Knowledge Transfer in China: How To Train The Dragon To Consume You'.
Sina reports that China News Net was quoting Mr Tian saying:
"How can digesting other people's technology, combined with the adaptation to your own situation so that something new is created be plagiarism?"
An example of such an adaptation was given: China is allegedly the first country where the high speed systems can work in mountains.