Justice Department Assistant Attorney General Bill Baer participated in high-level meetings with Federal Trade Commission (FTC) Chairwoman Edith Ramirez and officials from China’s three antitrust agencies – Ministry of Commerce (MOFCOM) Vice Minister Jiang Zengwei, National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) Vice Minister Hu Zucai and State Administration for Industry and Commerce (SAIC) Vice Minister Sun Hongzhi. The meetings took place at MOFCOM in Beijing, China, on Jan. 9, 2014. This was the second high-level meeting of the agencies since the Justice Department and FTC signed the antitrust memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the Chinese antitrust agencies on July 27, 2011. The officials discussed promoting competition in a global economy and various aspects of general civil and criminal antitrust enforcement. The MOU is designed to promote communication and cooperation among the agencies in the two countries. The MOU provides for periodic high-level consultations among all five agencies.
Chinese National Development and Reform Commission Vice Minister Hu Zucai, Assistant Attorney General for the Department of Justice’s Antitrust Division Bill Baer, Ministry of Commerce Vice Minister Jiang Zengwei, Federal Trade Commission Chairwoman Edith Ramirez, and State Administration for Industry and Commerce Vice Minister Sun Hongzhi
Department of Justice and FTC Officials participated in high-level meetings with China’s three antitrust agencies – MOFCOM, NRDC and SAIC