On October 10 2011 one of China’s largest retail websites, Taobao Mall – known as Tmall – announced a new set of rules, which included the imposition of a high annual technical service fee and an increased security deposit for its vendors. Tmall stated that the new rules were intended to ensure the provision of
On May 27, State Administration of Industry and Commerce (“SAIC”) published new draft regulations on monopoly agreements, abuse of dominant position and administrative monopoly for public comments. These sets of unveiled draft rules are resulted from pubic opinions and comments which SAIC has collected since June 2010, this is when SAIC first published the draft regulations. Within China’s antitrust law enforcement system, SAIC has the mandate to condemn non-price-related monopoly agreements, non-price-related abuse of dominant position and administrative monopoly. Furthermore, it has mandate to fashion implementing rules for the Anti-Monopoly Law of PRC (“AML”) too.