On 29th November 2011, an official meeting was held between Chinese delegations led by MOFCOM’s vice minister Gao Hucheng and delegations of US antitrust agencies, Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and Department of Justice (DOJ). It is the first official high-level talk between public enforcement agencies of China and US, since DOJ and FTC signed an antitrust memorandum of understanding (MOU) with China’s three antimonopoly agencies in July 2011, therefore, afforded with profound significance in terms of enhancing bilateral communication and cooperation among them.

By taking this opportunity, both sides reaffirmed and emphasized the cooperation concurred in the MOU this July, including significant issues of cooperation on investigations of two sides, confidentiality obligations, exchange of information and so on.

Consensus was reached between both sides that this meeting was of help to deepen the mutual understanding of antitrust agencies of two countries, with respect to competition policies and antitrust enforcement, to share experience and promote a further-step cooperation between the two biggest economic territories.