Trade Associations Under China’s Anti-Monopoly Law

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The enactment in 2007 of China’s Anti-Monopoly Law (AML), its first comprehensive antitrust law was a major event in the antitrust world. Since it became effective in August 2008, every AML development has been studied with great interest and with many prognostications being made. While in many ways the AML is within the mainstream of international antitrust development, it does have some distinctive characteristics. One in particular is the treatment of trade associations. This article summarizes the AML, and then reviews it as it relates to trade associations.

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