Microsoft Gives China Mixed Reviews on Laws

The Chinese government has helped Microsoft Corp.'s business in China by improving intellectual-property protection, the company's top China executive said, but continues to hurt it with regulations preventing the official launch of the Xbox 360 game console. Simon Leung, chief executive of the Greater China Region for Microsoft, said that a group of government agencies in 2004 issued a regulation to limit the influence of videogames and arcades on children, and it has had the effect of preventing Microsoft from officially selling its popular console in China.