The enforcement of China’s Antimonopoly Law (AML) remained a priority for the United States throughout 2015, despite the fact that few new cases were launched last year. President Xi Jinping’s September visit to the United States and the November Joint Commission on Commerce and Trade (JCCT) in Guangzhou made progress to improve fair treatment, due process and regulatory transparency in AML cases, and to clarify the relationship between the use of intellectual property (IP) and fair competition.
Enforcement of China’s Antimonopoly Law (AML)—an ongoing priority for the US-China Business Council (USCBC) and the business community—has remained prominent in recent bilateral discussions. AML-related issues featured among the outcomes reached during last month’s state visit to the United States by Chinese President Xi Jinping, as well as in USCBC meetings in Beijing with senior officials from China’s three antitrust agencies.
A lack of recent news about competition-related investigation cases should not be misinterpreted as a lull in enforcement activity related to China’s Antimonopoly Law (AML), a National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) official stated at a recent USCBC-sponsored event.
Despite progress on competition concerns at the December 2014 Joint Commission on Commerce and Trade (JCCT) meeting, competition enforcement under the Antimonopoly Law (AML) remains a high-profile concern for many US companies in China.