PARIS — Qualcomm Incorporated Monday disclosed that China's National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC), which regulates prices, has begun investigating Qualcomm regarding compliance with the Chinese Anti-Monopoly Law.
The NDRC told the San Diego-based mobile chip giant that the substance of the investigation is confidential.
Reuters reported last August that an official from China's NDRC put pressure on some 30 foreign firms at a meeting in late July to explain their actions in an antitrust context. Qualcomm appears to be the latest target of the Chinese government agency.
China's crackdown on foreign companies has been escalating in recent months.
The NDRC's charges against multinationals are multiple, ranging from antitrust, corruption, and pollution to unfair business practices and others. GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) is one high profile company recently investigated by Chinese police for suspected widespread corrupt practices. GSK was allegedly funneling up to 3 billion yuan to travel agencies to facilitate bribes to doctors and officials to boost its drug sales, according to Chinese police.
Earlier this month, Reuters reported that China is likely to charge some of GSK's Chinese executives, but not the British drug maker itself.
Fresh in memory among US high tech companies hassled by China this year is Apple. Beijing's government-run media zeroed in on Apple's customer service, with China Central Television accusing Apple of offering consumers shorter warranties compared with those in other countries, and of using refurbished parts for repairs.
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