Interdepartmental Joint Meeting on fighting unfair competition established in China


On November 12 the General Office of the State Council officially established the first Chinese Interdepartmental Joint Meeting System on fighting the unfair competition. 

The Meeting’s key duties include to provide macro guidance, to study and promote the implementation of anti-unfair competition measures and policies, to supervise the work of relevant authorities, to settle the major domestic issues of fighting unfair competition, to organize and launch the arrangement of topics of concern and representative cases, to coordinate the field cooperation between the ministries, to advocate and popularize competition law and policy.

The members of the Meeting are the responsible officers of 17 state authorities: the State Administration for Market Regulation, the Cyberspace Administration, the Ministry of Education, the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology, the Ministry of Public Security, the Ministry of Civil Affairs, the Ministry of Justice, the Ministry of Housing and Urban-Rural Development, the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs, the Ministry of Culture and Tourism, the National Health Commission, the People’s Bank, the National Radio and Television Administration, the Banking and Insurance Regulatory Commission, the Securities Regulatory Commission, the National Administration of Traditional Chinese Medicine and the National Medical Product Administration. The State Administration for Market Regulation guides the Meeting and provides space for the general office, which undertakes the daily work.

As work demands, the Meeting holds regular or extraordinary conferences. Regarding the specific questions of the agenda, the Meeting may invite the experts from other authorities or local subdivisions as well as field specialists

The Meeting performs a thorough research of unfair competition cases, suggests applicable measures and policies, strengthens interdepartmental cooperation and stimulates the fight against unfair cooperation.

In addition to the traditional unfair activities, mentioned in the Anti-Unfair Competition Law of China, such as misleading, commercial bribery, false advertisement, violation of trade secret, deceitful prize-giving sales etc, the Meeting will also focus on its new ‘digital’ types that may appear on the Internet, including fake reviews to improve reputation, false traffic statistics or intentional software incompatibility.