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China Merges Antitrust Enforcement Agencies into One, as its Anti-monopoly Law Approaches 10th Anniversary

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China has taken a significant step toward concentrating all antitrust regulation and enforcement in one agency, the State Administration for Market Regulation (SAMR). On March 17, 2018, China’s National People’ Congress passed legislation to consolidate the existing three antitrust bodies into one. SAMR was officially established on March 21, 2018. The creation of SAMR is one of the most significant changes to China’s antitrust enforcement since the Anti-Monopoly Law (AML) came into force ten years ago.