Microsoft 'should not obstruct' our antitrust investigation, says Chinese government

Last week, authorities raided four Microsoft offices across China, as it emerged that the government there had placed the company under an official investigation. It was later revealed that the government probe centers around Microsoft's alleged violation of Chinese 'unfair trade' laws

Today, as Reuters reports, China's State Administration for Industry and Commerce (SAIC) said that Microsoft 'should not obstruct' their ongoing investigation. The SAIC added that it had questioned Microsoft Deputy General Counsel Mary Snapp today in China. 

The industry regulator also acknowledged that "Microsoft promised to respect Chinese law and fully cooperate with the SAIC's investigation work." This statement may lead some to wonder why the SAIC has felt it necessary to demand Microsoft's cooperation. 

You Yunting, senior partner at Shanghai DeBund Law Offices, said that he doesn't believe that the SAIC's statement necessarily implies that Microsoft has "done anything to obstruct the investigation; otherwise, they would have publicized it." Rather, he explained, "the government is saying 'we might be more lenient if you don't resist; otherwise, we'll be tough.'"

China banned Microsoft's Windows 8 from official government use in May, although it appears that this is symptomatic of a growing distrust of foreign software at the highest levels. Today, Symantec and Kaspersky were banned from a list of approved vendors that can provide antivirus software to the Chinese government. 

Source: Reuters 

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I love the way that Microsoft, Sony and Nintendo will have to sell there game systems in partnership with Chinese companies in China.
I now go out of my way to buy products that are not made in China which is nearly always impossible. I am willing to pay extra money to do so.

If you take a step back and look at it from the Chinese view point. They are protecting their "home turf". If you want to sell your wares here then sell it through a Chinese company. Or go elsewhere.

I know, I know, I know that we live in a"global village" but this only works when others are playing by those same rules. To me it seems that the only country that doesn't protect "home turf" appears to be America. And if you take a deep look, nearly everything of importance is foreign owned in the US..

Clamdigger63 said,
I love the way that Microsoft, Sony and Nintendo will have to sell there game systems in partnership with Chinese companies in China.
I now go out of my way to buy products that are not made in China which is nearly always impossible. I am willing to pay extra money to do so.

I try my best to avoid anything from China as well. Majority of products made there are typically junk anyway. The west needs to really move manufacturing out of China and start shutting them out...if they want to pirate, steal and force then let them deal with Russia and North Korea.

We really need to start working together to rid ourselves of our common Chinese problems.

Products made in China are of terribly poor quality. Although they are cheap, they are easily damaged and you need to pay more in total to buy another one. For products that are food, they are more awful because of dead meat or dreadful hygiene.
For hi-tech products manufactured in China, they steal the technology and produce their own.

ray_bk said,
Products made in China are of terribly poor quality. Although they are cheap, they are easily damaged and you need to pay more in total to buy another one. For products that are food, they are more awful because of dead meat or dreadful hygiene.
For hi-tech products manufactured in China, they steal the technology and produce their own.

You know nothing Jon Snow!

China's State Administration for Industry and Commerce itself, as is arguably the entire country, is operating on technology pilfered from Western nations, most specifically the US. There's the crux of the irony.

mzta cody said,
China's State Administration for Industry and Commerce itself, as is arguably the entire country, is operating on technology pilfered from Western nations, most specifically the US. There's the crux of the irony.

Spot on

This is really a reflection that the NSA knows how to compromise all operating systems currently on the market and the fear that American companies are actively working with them. China wants to have a home grown OS that they can have confidence that a foreign government is not using to actively monitor its population. By banning Windows 8 from Government use, they've made the first step towards creating a vacuum for their own home grown OS industry. I suspect that many other countries will follow suit. Way to go NSA!!!

Well.. I believe this is good for everyone since someone has to be man enough to stand against the US. China can do it.. The EU just seems to try to ignore this topic all along