The Asia-Pacific Antitrust Review 2018

China - Cartels

16 March 2018

In 2017, China’s antitrust authorities continued their record of active cartel enforcement. Building on the high-profile cases and legislative initiatives of recent years, the National Development and Reform Commission (the NDRC) and the State Administration for Industry and Commerce (the SAIC), together with their regional offices, have further solidified their position as serious and active cartel enforcers to be reckoned with worldwide. The NDRC and the SAIC have distinct but often overlapping enforcement authority over different forms of anticompetitive conduct under China’s Anti-Monopoly Law (the AML).1 More specifically, the NDRC has enforcement authority over price-related anticompetitive agreements such as horizontal price fixing. The SAIC is responsible for enforcement related to non-price restraints such as market allocation and output restrictions.

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