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China Publishes Long-Awaited Anti-Monopoly Guidelines for the Automobile Industry

The Anti-Monopoly Bureau ("AMB") of China's State Administration for Market Regulation ("SAMR") recently released four sets of long-awaited anti-monopoly guidelines, including the Anti-Monopoly Guidelines on the Automobile Sector ("Guidelines"). While the Guidelines are significant for companies in the automobile industry, companies in other industries should pay close attention to the Guidelines too, as they provide insights into SAMR's positions on certain key antitrust issues such as relevant market definition in aftermarkets, exemption applications, and agreements related to sales and distribution practices.

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