China plans new competition, food watchdog

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Reuters reports on moves by China’s State Council to form a powerful new competition and food safety regulator in a bid to ramp up oversight of mergers and acquisitions and price-fixing as the world’s second-largest economy seeks to make policy making more efficient.

The new body will decide on antimonopoly and pricing issues, replacing the competition oversight roles of the three national antitrust regulators: the National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC), the Ministry of Commerce and the State Administration for Industry and Commerce (SAIC).

The bureau “will undertake unified antitrust enforcement and standardize and safeguard market order”, among other duties, China’s State Council, or cabinet, said in a proposal submitted to the annual parliament session.