Antitrust issues continue flaring up in China's IT sector
On 30 and 31 January 2013, the Chinese State Administration for Industry and Commerce (SAIC) posted a press release and a brief question-and-answer protocol (Q&A) on its website to inform of a recent enforcement action. According to these documents, SAIC’s local branches in Beijing had issued a notice to the Chinese software company Qihoo 360 a week earlier, warning the company about its allegedly unfair competition practices. While the immediate implications of this ‘warning’ notice are not entirely clear, the case is symptomatic for the current state of the Chinese IT sector. SAIC’s ‘warning’ notice may not be the last word in this case.
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