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The Chinese Anti-Monopoly Law

The Chinese Anti-Monopoly Law

New Developments and Empirical Evidence

New Horizons in Competition Law and Economics series

Edited by Michael Faure and Xinzhu Zhang

This book focuses on experiences with the Anti-Monopoly Law (AML) of 2007 in China. It uses carefully-chosen case studies to examine how the competition authorities in China discuss cases and how they use economic reasoning in their decision-making process.

Introduction/Editorial foreword

Michael Faure and Xinzhu Zhang

Subjects: asian studies, asian law, development studies, law and development, economics and finance, competition policy, law and economics, law - academic, asian law, competition and antitrust law, law and development, law and economics


During the 29th session of the 10th National People’s Congress on 30August 2007 China adopted a long-awaited Anti-Monopoly Law (AML). Almost one year later, on 1 August 2008 the law entered into force. In December 2009 an international conference ‘Regulation and Competition in China’ was held in Nanchang, Jiangxi Province, China. That conference brought together legal scholars and economists from China as well as from Europe and the US to provide a combined legal and economic perspective to deal with specific and interesting regulatory and competition policy issues that China was facing. The 2009 conference, which took place just one year after the entry into force of the AML made clear that China has important challenges ahead in how precisely to apply the AML in practice. The results of this first conference were published in a book in 2011. That book made clear that the AML holds many promises concerning the development of an efficient competition policy in China but that at the same time many issues still needed to be resolved. Questions for example arose on the precise objectives that anti-monopoly authorities would be following in China, but also with respect to the specific position of administrative monopolies and state-owned enterprises.