The Asia-Pacific Antitrust Review 2015

China: Cartels

19 February 2015

China continued its enforcement initiative in 2014, targeting cartel agreements and other ‘monopoly agreements’ prohibited under China’s Anti-Monopoly Law (AML). Building on several years of active enforcement, the National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) and the State Administration for Industry and Commerce (SAIC), together with their regional offices, have firmly established their position in the international spotlight with a series of high-profile enforcement actions against domestic and foreign companies covering a broad range of alleged anti-competitive ­conduct. Notably, these cases have reflected both a further expansion into global cartel enforcement with its contribution to the worldwide Auto Parts investigation, as well as the launch of high-profile domestic cases involving Chinese and multinational companies in a number of sectors such as automotive, cement, insurance and contact lenses.