Chinese Competition Law—The Year 2016 in Review
Global Competition Litigation Review 37-74 (2017)
12 Pages Posted: 4 Aug 2020
Date Written: 2017
The year 2016 marked the eighth year of enforcement of the Anti-Monopoly Law (AML). The year 2016 will likely go down as the year where the seed to grow the scope of the AML’s application was sown. Since the law’s entry into effect in August 2008, 2016 is easily the year with the clearest expansion of the substantive scope of antitrust rules in China.
In 2016, the Chinese antitrust agencies appear to have focused on similar sectors when applying the AML, in particular on life sciences. In part as a result of this narrowing of the focus, 2016 saw an upsurge of rivalry between the various antitrust enforcers (including the various authorities and courts), even though AML enforcement has always been characterised by a certain degree of competition between enforcement bodies since the law’s entry into force.
Keywords: Antitrust, antimonopoly, competition law, China, SAMR, MOFCOM, NDRC, SAIC, agreements, cartels, abuse of dominance, merger control, administrative monopoly
JEL Classification: k21
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