Mi­crosoft CEO ‘en route to Bei­jing’

China Daily (Canada) - - ACROSSAMERICA - By REUTERS

Mi­crosoft Corp Chief Ex­ec­u­tive Of­fi­cer Satya Nadella is set to visit China in late Septem­ber, a source said on Thurs­day, as the Chi­nese gov­ern­ment con­ducts an an­titrust in­ves­ti­ga­tion into the world’s largest soft­ware com­pany.

It is not clear if Nadella, who took over as Mi­crosoft CEO in Fe­bru­ary, will meet with any Chi­nese gov­ern­ment rep­re­sen­ta­tives as part of his visit, or try to re­solve is­sues with the State Ad­min­is­tra­tion for In­dus­try and Com­merce, one of China’s an­titrust reg­u­la­tors.

A Mi­crosoft spokesman would not con­firm the visit, say­ing the com­pany does not com­ment on ex­ec­u­tive travel plans.

Mi­crosoft is one of many for­eign firms to have come un­der scru­tiny as China seeks to en­force a 2008 Anti-Mo­nop­oly Law.

For­eign CEOs of­ten pay calls on of­fi­cials in the world’s sec­ond­largest econ­omy to strengthen ties. Nadella would be at least the sec­ond ma­jor tech ex­ec­u­tive to have vis­ited the coun­try as an­titrust ten­sions sim­mer.

Qual­comm Inc Pres­i­dent Derek Aberle, look­ing to end the chip­maker’s own an­titrust scru­tiny, met with Chi­nese of­fi­cials last week.

Mi­crosoft Deputy Gen­eral Coun­sel Mary Snapp met with SAIC of­fi­cials in Bei­jing ear­lier this month to dis­cuss the an­titrust mat­ter.

SAIC ini­ti­ated an an­titrust probe into Mi­crosoft ear­lier this month, say­ing that the com­pany may have bro­ken anti-mo­nop­oly laws re­gard­ing com­pat­i­bil­ity, bundling and doc­u­ment au­then­ti­ca­tion for its Win­dows op­er­at­ing sys­tem and Of­fice suite.

SAIC head Zhang Mao said his or­ga­ni­za­tion was fo­cus­ing on Mi­crosoft’s Web browser and me­dia player, and sus­pected the com­pany had not been fully trans­par­ent with in­for­ma­tion about its Win­dows and Of­fice sales.

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