Chinese officials have launched investigations into half a dozen western companies on suspicion of Monopolistic practices. Multi-national firms, such as Microsoft and Mercedes-Ben have drawn intense investigations from the Chinese Ministry of Commerce.

Shen Danyang. Photo:

Shen Danyang. Photo:

Shen Danyang, spokesman for the Ministry, has pushed aside objections of anti-Western discrimination saying, “Looking back at the past six years after the Anti-Monopoly Law took effect, both domestic and foreign firms have been probed according to the law.”

He went on to say that the law does not discriminate between foreign and domestic companies. Such investigatins, he concluded are accepted practice around the world.

Mr Shen was very careful to hose down any hint of anti-Western discrimination. He praised the ‘positive and important’ influence of western investment in China;; crediting the nation’s economic and social recovery to this investment.

In the past Britain’s GlaxoSmithKline has been investigated for similar offences. Western businesses such as Starbucks and Apple have received a lot of media coverage complaining about poor service and unfair pricing.

More recently Audi and Chrysler incurred the ire of Ministry officials. Both were deemed guilty of monopolistic practices. Chinese officials are yet to determine their punishment.

Both Mercedes-Benz and Microsoft have had their offices raided as part of the current investigation.  Ministry agents are still building their cases against the two.

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