On January 7 2009 the Ministry of Commerce (Mofcom), in hope of receiving comments, published draft guidelines for the demarcation of the relevant market.
Lack of detailed guidelines for the demarcation of the relevant market is a primary criticism of the PRC Anti-monopoly Law (AML) and its enforcement. Relating to the definition of the relevant market, there has been a tremendous difference in opinion amongst Chinese experts, including legal consultants and economists. The gap between such opinions is far too wide for consolidation. Thus, the State Council has intentionally ignored the demarcation of the relevant market in regulations following the AML concerning notification of concentrations.