China watchdog chides Microsoft over lack of transparency on sales

US software giant pledges co-operation as wave of probes into foreign firms gathers steam

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China watchdog chides Microsoft over lack of transparency on sales
By  Stephen McBride Published  August 26, 2014

A Chinese competition watchdog today accused Microsoft Corp of a lack of transparency on sales of its software products in the country, including those of Windows Media Player and Internet Explorer, Reuters reported.

Microsoft is one of several foreign companies, including mobile-chipset manufacturer Qualcomm, under scrutiny, as China pursues cases in sectors ranging from ICT to tobacco. The actions are widely regarded in the West is protectionism on the part of Beijing.

Zhang Mao, head of the State Administration for Industry and Commerce (SAIC) told media that Microsoft had pledged co-operation with the regulator's investigation.

"After multiple meetings including at high levels, they've expressed a willingness to respect Chinese law and collaborate with investigating officials," he said.

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