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China Continues Price-Fixing Probe, Fines Japanese Auto Parts Firms $200 Million

Posted August 21, 2014

Under Economic Issues, International Trade Issues

(IndustryWeek – AFP)

China has fined 10 Japanese auto parts firms more than $200 million in total for price-fixing, authorities said Wednesday, reportedly the biggest-ever such penalties, in the latest step of the country’s anti-monopoly drive.

Beijing has over the past year launched a wide-ranging crackdown on alleged malpractice by foreign firms across diverse sectors, including pharmaceuticals, baby formula and technology, raising fears overseas companies are being targeted.

The auto parts companies were found to have implemented monopoly pricing agreements for more than 10 years, the National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) regulator said in a statement. Read more here.