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China's Competition Policy Reforms: The Antimonopoly Law and Beyond

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  • Bruce Owen

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    (Stanford University)

  • Wentong Zheng

    ()
    (Stanford University)

  • Su Sun

    ()
    (Economists Incorporated)

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More than twelve years have elapsed since China began its efforts to enact a comprehensive antitrust law. Today, drafts of the law are still being debated. Such a protracted legislative process is highly unusual in China, and can only be explained by the controversy the draft law generates. After a brief review of China’s current competition policy, this paper discusses the fundamental issues in China’s economy that give rise to the challenges facing China’s antitrust policymakers in enacting the new antitrust law. These issues include the role of state-owned enterprises, perceived excessive competition in China’s economy, mergers and acquisitions by foreign companies, the treatment of administrative monopolies, and the enforcement of the antitrust law. While those controversies create significant policy issues for China, they do not constitute valid objections to the enactment of the new antitrust law. Meanwhile, it will be important for China to recognize that the new antitrust law alone will not be sufficient to fully realize its goal of promoting competition in its economy; other reforms will be necessary as well. China will be better off by moving swiftly to enact the new antitrust law, while keeping the momentum to engage in those other reforms.

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Paper provided by Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research in its series Discussion Papers with number 06-032.

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Date of creation: Mar 2007
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Handle: RePEc:sip:dpaper:06-032

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  1. Rock, Michael T. & Toman, Michael & Cui, Yuanshang & Jiang, Kejun & Song, Yun & Wang, Yanjia, 2013. "Technological learning, energy efficiency, and CO2 emissions in China's energy intensive industries," Policy Research Working Paper Series 6492, The World Bank.
  2. Gaasbeek, P.B. & van Bergeijk, P.A.G., 2011. "Chinese competition: do we need a new competition policy regime?," ISS Working Papers - General Series 518, International Institute of Social Studies of Erasmus University Rotterdam (ISS), The Hague.

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