Probe: All treated as equals, says official
CHINA DAILY USA
Zhang said the commission treats all market players equally, without discrimination toward foreign or domestic companies, while conducting anti-monopoly enforcement actions.
Xu Xinyu, a veteran commission official who was in charge of the investigation in the landmark case against Qualcomm in 2014, said that foreign companies should study local antitrust law and comply with rules while operating businesses in China.
“Some foreign companies violate the law willfully,” he said, without revealing any company names.
Xu said the commission had not imposed stricter enforcement on Medtronic to boost growth of domestic companies.
“Setting CANADA minimum resale prices is not legal per se in the United States, either,” he said.
“Medtronic failed to prove that its conduct could be exempted according to the criteria prescribed by China’s Anti-Monopoly Law,” he said.
Medtronic said in an email to China Daily that the company accepts the decision.
It also said that it is committed to ensuring that it is in full compliance with local laws and regulations.
Xu said the commission would enhance anti-monopoly enforcement in the future and strengthen pricing supervision.
In a document released earlier this year, theNDRCsaid it will pay close attention to antitrust investigation of the pharmaceutical, medical equipment, automobile and industrial raw materials industries.
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