Historically, most industry associations in China were quasi-governmental and served as forums through which member companies coordinated their activities, in some cases including price-setting. For this reason, anticompetitive behavior through industry associations is even more of a salient issue under the relatively new Chinese antitrust law. From the very beginning of the enforcement of the Anti-Monopoly Law ("AML"), NDRC has paid close attention to cartels coordinated by industry associations and recently appears to have further stepped up its enforcement efforts in this area. In July 2017, NDRC's Zhejiang branch issued a penalty decision against 17 local paper manufacturers and their industry
The Chinese NDRC fines several industry associations for price-fixing (Paper manufacturers and Power companies)
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