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Trade war

China probes Fanuc and 9 other foreign factory automation players

Charges of dumping seen as shield for homegrown peers shut out of US by tariffs

Fanuc is one of five Japanese companies targeted by the investigation, which has come amid an escalating trade dispute between Washington and Beijing that has bruised China's machine tool industry.     © Reuters

BEIJING -- China's Ministry of Commerce has begun an investigation into alleged dumping of precision machinery by Fanuc and four other Japanese companies, Nikkei has learned.

The probe began following a request from Beijing Jingdiao Group and two other Chinese machine tool makers that make products for smartphone parts. The five Japanese companies targeted also include Okuma, Brother Industries, Yamazaki Mazak and Jtekt. The investigation is also believed to cover five Taiwanese companies in factory automation hardware and 10 Chinese trading houses.

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