Probe: All treated as equals, says of­fi­cial

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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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