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China antitrust probes doubled last year in Big Tech crackdown

NPC set to further tighten anti-monopoly law to rein in online platforms

Authorities have levied a series of fines against large enterprises for anti-competitive practices in recent months.   © Reuters

SHANGHAI -- Chinese authorities have stepped up enforcement of antitrust rules, with the number of violations cited in 2020 doubling on the year, as Beijing moves to rein in Big Tech companies' rising influence in the online economy.

The number of antitrust investigations completed in 2020 totaled 108, according to the State Administration for Market Regulation, compared to 46 cases the previous year. The policing extended across a wide range of industries, including automotive and energy, but the crackdown against the tech industry was most notable. 

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