Govt body ‘re­views’ Ap­ple com­plaint

China Daily European Weekly - - Business - JAC teams up with Baidu on au­tonomous cars Azer­bai­jan eyes wine trade

China’s State Ad­min­is­tra­tion for In­dus­try and Com­merce is re­view­ing an an­titrust com­plaint ac­cus­ing Ap­ple Inc of abus­ing its dom­i­nant po­si­tion in smart­phone ap­pli­ca­tions, sources say. The reg­u­la­tor is study­ing the in­for­ma­tion fol­low­ing a com­plaint filed on be­half of de­vel­op­ers be­fore de­cid­ing if a for­mal in­ves­ti­ga­tion is nec­es­sary, say the sources. The re­view is pre­lim­i­nary and Chi­nese an­titrust agen­cies usu­ally re­view such in­for­ma­tion be­fore de­cid­ing whether an of­fi­cial probe is needed. Bei­jing-based law firm Dax­iao, or Dare & Sure, said ear­lier in Au­gust it filed com­plaints on the de­vel­op­ers’ be­half with the SAIC and the Na­tional Devel­op­ment and Re­form Com­mis­sion. The lawyers ac­cused Ap­ple of re­mov­ing apps with­out a proper ex­pla­na­tion and tak­ing an ex­ces­sive 30 per­cent cut of in-app trans­ac­tions, it said in an Aug 8 state­ment. China’s JAC Mo­tors said on Aug 29 that it will pro­duce au­tonomous cars with the coun­try’s in­ter­net gi­ant Baidu Inc, with the first mass-pro­duced model sched­uled to roll off the as­sem­bly line in 2019. The an­nounce­ment came in Shang­hai as the au­tomaker de­liv­ered 32 cars to Baidu to col­lect in­for­ma­tion for high-def­i­ni­tion maps. The co­op­er­a­tion comes within two months of Baidu’s launch­ing its Apoltry, lo plan, which aims to pro­vide open, com­pre­hen­sive and re­li­able soft­ware for the devel­op­ment of au­tonomous ve­hi­cles. JAC Mo­tors said that Baidu will of­fer a com­pre­hen­sive so­lu­tion that cov­ers high­def­i­ni­tion maps as well as lo­ca­tion, sens­ing, plan­ning and de­ci­sion­mak­ing tech­nol­ogy. But the au­tomaker did not re­veal how it will ac­quire the im­por­tant hard­ware re­quired for such ve­hi­cles. Au­to­mo­tive sup­pli­ers, in­clud­ing Bosch, are cur­rently in­volved in the Apollo plan. Azer­bai­jan in­tends to in­crease wine ex­ports to China, the Azer­bai­jan Ex­port and In­vest­ment Pro­mo­tion Foun­da­tion said. The is­sue of ex­pand­ing co­op­er­a­tion be­tween Azer­bai­jan and China in the area of wine trade was dis­cussed at a meet­ing be­tween lo­cal wine­mak­ers and the trade rep­re­sen­ta­tive of Azer­bai­jan in China, Tey­mur Nadiroglu, ac­cord­ing to AZPROMO. Dur­ing the meet­ing, the trade rep­re­sen­ta­tive said that as a wine-pro­duc­ing coun-

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