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Antitrust Investigation Expands to Petroleum, Telecommunications, Automobiles, and Banks

Xu Kunlin, an official from the National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC), China’s antitrust enforcement agency, indicated that the next target of antitrust investigations will be closely related to consumers and that petroleum, telecommunications, automobiles, and banks are all in the scope of investigation. In particular, in respect to banks, Xu stated that banks that fix rates will be investigated after the reform of market interest rates. 

Since the beginning of the year, NDRC has conducted antitrust investigations and issued fines to companies producing liquid crystal panels, liquor, milk powder, and gold jewelry. The investigation of automobiles has covered domestically produced vehicles as well as foreign imports. 

Source: Xinhua, August 16, 2013