China is Preparing to Initiate An Antitrust Investigation Against Google

 China is preparing to launch an antitrust investigation against Google using the advantages of the Android system to stifle market competition. The investigation was proposed by Chinese telecom giant Huawei last year.

The above proposal was launched after the Trump administration took a series of sanctions against a number of Chinese science and technology companies on the grounds of national security, including placing Huawei on the physical list, threatening sanctions against semiconductor manufacturer SMIC, and forcing Bytedance (ByteDance) divested TikTok’s US business, etc.

A person familiar with the matter said that the potential investigation will focus on Google’s market advantages and may explore allegations that Huawei and other mainland companies have caused serious losses, because in the absence of Android system support, Huawei’s market confidence and revenue may suffer influences.

At the same time, China is embarking on major changes to the antitrust law and has proposed some amendments, including a substantial increase in the amount of fines, and expansion of the regulatory agencies’ judgment standards for corporate control of the market.

It is unclear which Google services the potential investigation will target. As Google search engine, Gmail and other services have withdrawn from China, currently Chinese smartphone vendors use the open source version of Android to replace Google’s operating system.

In response to anti-monopoly investigation news, China’s State Market Supervision Administration and the State Council did not respond to requests for comment.

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 China is preparing to launch an antitrust investigation against Google using the advantages of the Android system to stifle market competition

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