By Susan Ning, Chai Zhifeng, Gong Ting, Zhang Tianjie King & Wood Mallesons’ Commercial & Regulatory Group
Regulated by Chapter V of the Anti-monopoly law (“AML”), abuse of an administrative monopoly is interpreted as a kind of abuse of administrative powers to grant favourable conditions to preferred enterprises at the expense of others. Up to now, the National Development and Reform Commission (“NDRC”) has published 6 cases about the antitrust enforcement against administrative monopoly. The most recent case concerns the Gansu Provincial Department of Transport affiliate, Gansu Provincial Transport Bureau, for its alleged abuse of administrative power to restrict competition. The local transport regulator was found to have appointed China Satellite Navigation and Communication as the sole supplier of vehicle terminals for the platform, and set the price of the terminals. The typical alleged abuses involved in these cases include exclusive dealing in favour of a locally owned enterprise or imposing discriminatory requirements for non-local enterprises.
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