A TEN-YEAR REVIEW OF CHINA’S ANTITRUST ENFORCEMENT IN THE CHEMICAL INDUSTRY

| March 31, 2019

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As a backbone to the national economy, the chemical industry accounted for roughly 1/6 of China’s GDP in 2017, making it a non-negligible area for antitrust enforcement. Several trends differentiate the chemical industry from other sectors of the economy and impact the antitrust practice in the field.

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