Microsoft China offices raided again in government antitrust investigation

Just over a week ago, Chinese government officials raided four Microsoft offices across the country as part of an investigation into alleged antitrust violations there. A spokesperson said that the company was "actively cooperating" with the probe, but that didn't stop the government from warning that Microsoft 'should not obstruct' their ongoing investigation. 

Today, China's State Administration for Industry and Commerce (SAIC), the regulatory agency responsible for the investigation, carried out a new wave of raids on Microsoft offices in four cities. Its Beijing offices were targeted again, along with three others in Liaoning, Fujian and Hubei. 

Additionally, the raids targeted offices of IT consultancy firm Accenture, which handles some of Microsoft's financial work in China. Accenture Greater China said in a statement to Reuters: "We can confirm that, as required by Chinese laws, we are cooperating with investigators of the [SAIC] and are helping provide them with certain information related to one of our clients." 

Microsoft has reiterated its commitment to cooperating with the probe; a spokesperson said today that the company is "serious about complying with China's laws and committed to addressing SAIC's questions and concerns." 

China has been intensifying its scrutiny of international firms in the last few months; earlier this week, for example, it announced an antitrust investigation into Mercedes-Benz. Foreign tech firms have been facing considerable opposition from the government too, which has banned many products - including those of Microsoft, Apple, Symantec and Kaspersky, among others - from official use. 

Source: Reuters

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As I said earlier, instead of wasting time and energy in middle east, US should just attack and take over china, even if cost a trillion dollor since they can wipe out tens of trillion dollors of debt.

trojan_market said,
As I said earlier, instead of wasting time and energy in middle east, US should just attack and take over china, even if cost a trillion dollor since they can wipe out tens of trillion dollors of debt.

I wouldn't mind a nuclear war.

All part of the cost of doing business with any totalitarian government. Companies need to decide if the "cost" is worth the business it generates. In any case, what is accessible at the remote location needs to be severely limited. Gives a new meaning to "Chinese wall."

lol.. haha... They will force MS to make concession until they get their own version of Windows developed in China in collaboration with the Chinese "government". It is obvious that this is their intention.

With most OEM computers built in China, Microsoft has no option other than to cooperate with these thugs. Of course, China has no real incentive to push computer manufacturing elsewhere. So, it's payoff time again. I'd prefer that items exported from China be made in the West. The US should eliminate all taxes on companies that repatriate production fully at home. This may stop the craziness of US companies setting up both foreign manufacturing facilities (or outsourcing production) to reduce cost, and foreign offices to reduce taxes. Bring the jobs back.

Unbelievable ... get the hell out of there MS.

Our giant IT corps should work together and make a joint resolution to all ditch China

The prospect of business in this totalitarian country seems to be worth it for all.

Great Firewall of China, lack of patent enforcement (unless it is a native Chinese country), and rude tactics are just insane hostilities for the 21st century.

ObiWanToby said,
The prospect of business in this totalitarian country seems to be worth it for all.

Great Firewall of China, lack of patent enforcement (unless it is a native Chinese country), and rude tactics are just insane hostilities for the 21st century.

The prospect of business in this totalitarian country seems to be worth it for all.

Great NSA of the World, lack of patent enforcement (unless it is a business with lots of money and lawyers), and rude tactics (absurd taxes and impositive laws) are just insane hostilities for the 21st century.

Brony said,

The prospect of business in this totalitarian country seems to be worth it for all.

Great NSA of the World, lack of patent enforcement (unless it is a business with lots of money and lawyers), and rude tactics (absurd taxes and impositive laws) are just insane hostilities for the 21st century.

Haha. True, its always Americas fault. /s

funny if they hadn't found anything linking Microsoft to antitrust with the first raid so they felt they needed to raid the offices again...

china...smh

It's not just ridiculous, its politically alarming. How more xenophobic is the Chinese government going to get and will their crusade stop with just software firms?

If the U.S. and NSA were not ****s then i doubt this would be happening in the first place. Governments don't trust U.S. companies now.

If the U.S. and NSA were not ****s then i doubt this would be happening in the first place. Governments don't trust U.S. companies now.

_Alexander said,
This is fully justified as USA is not a trustworthy nation. There is no one to blame but the NSA.

Because China is a trustworthy nation. The NSA might be the reason they are using but its not to blame. Just ask Mercedes-Benz and Kaspersky. Oh wait, they are US companies too, hu?