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China Issues 13 Antitrust Fines Against Multiple Internet Giants

Sat, 12 Feb 2022
Categories: China Legal Trends

On 5 Jan. 2022, the State Administration for Market Regulation (SAMR) issued 13 administrative penalties.

According to the penalties, the SAMR unveiled 13 cases of unreported concentration of business operations and imposed a fine of CNY 500,000 on several domestic internet giants involved per case.

Although the fine was relatively small, it was de facto the highest amount that could be imposed by the regulatory authority under this circumstance. It is fair to say that the regulatory authority has considered these behaviors to be serious.

Among them, there are nine penalties involving Tencent Holdings Ltd, and one penalty involving Bilibili Inc, Ali Venture Capital Co. Ltd as well as Alibaba (China) Network Technology Co. Ltd each.

All the companies involved are influential internet giants in China.

It is worth noting that, on 10 April 2021, Alibaba was fined CNY 18,228 billion (approx. USD 2,858 billion) for abusing its dominant position in the domestic online retail platform service market. This has been the highest penalty amount in China’s anti-monopoly enforcement.

On 10 Nov. 2020, the SAMR also issued the “Antitrust Guidelines for Platform Economy (Draft for Public Comment)” (关于平台经济领域的反垄断指南(征求意见稿)), aiming to prevent and stop monopolistic behaviors in the country’s internet platform sector.



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Contributors: CJO Staff Contributors Team

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