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Chinese Merger Control: Patterns and Implications

Journal of Competition Law and Economics, Vol. 6, Issue 2, pp. 477-496, 2010

17 Pages Posted: 27 Jul 2009 Last revised: 26 Feb 2011

Xinzhu Zhang

Chinese Academy of Social Sciences (CASS) - Research Center for Regulation and Competition

Vanessa Yanhua Zhang

Global Economics Group, LLC; Renmin University of China

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Date Written: December 31, 2009

Abstract

China’s Anti-Monopoly Law went into effect on August 1, 2008. Even though enforcement authorities tend to build their capacity progressively, China has already seen three milestone case decisions in the past year: InBev/Anheuser-Busch, Coca-Cola/Huiyuan, and Mitsubishi Rayon/Lucite. In this article, we elaborate the background of each case and provide in-depth analysis of each decision. In particular, we explore the common characteristics of the cases, the economic theories on which the merger control authority has relied in its merger decisions, and the patterns regarding China’s merger policy.

Keywords: Merger Control, Market Definition, Competition Policy, China

JEL Classification: G34, L4, L5, K21

Suggested Citation

Zhang, Xinzhu and Zhang, Vanessa Yanhua, Chinese Merger Control: Patterns and Implications (December 31, 2009). Journal of Competition Law and Economics, Vol. 6, Issue 2, pp. 477-496, 2010 . Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1439765

Xinzhu Zhang

Chinese Academy of Social Sciences (CASS) - Research Center for Regulation and Competition ( email )

Beijing, 100732
China

Vanessa Yanhua Zhang (Contact Author)

Global Economics Group, LLC ( email )

1400 S. Dearborn, Suite 1000
Chicago, IL 60603
United States

Renmin University of China ( email )

Room B906
Xianjin Building
Beijing, Beijing 100872
China

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