Chinese Supreme Court to Strengthen Anti-Monopoly Measures Targeting Internet Platforms

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Members of the Chinese Supreme Court have flagged efforts to step up anti-trust measures targeting China’s online giants at the sidelines of the 20th National Chinese Communist Party (CCP) Congress.

He Rong (贺荣), deputy-secretary of the party unit for the Chinese Supreme Court, said at a press conference held on 19 October that the Chinese court system would “strengthen anti-monopoly judicial measures and measures against unfair competition, and maintain the market order of fair competition.”

He said that the judicial system would target anti-competitive practices of Chinese online platform such as exclusive deals for e-commerce vendors and the use of big data to engage in discriminatory pricing, in order to “expedite the standardised and healthy development of the digital and platform economies.”