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Google may face an antitrust probe in China, too

2020-09-30 16:33 by

 

Google might soon face an antitrust investigation in China on top of one that could launch in the US, according to Reuters. The government will reportedly look into charges that Google used its Android dominance to stifle mobile competition, saying it could cause "extreme damage" to Huawei and other Chinese companies.

The case was proposed by telecommunications equipment giant Huawei last year and has been submitted by the country's top market regulator to the State Council's antitrust committee for review.

A decision to move forward with a formal investigation into Google, which is operated by its parent company Alphabet Inc., could come as early as October, according to people familiar with the matter. The probe also could be affected by the relationship between China and the United States at the time.

The Trump administration has restricted Huawei and the other Chinese telecoms in recent years, citing national security concerns due to fears that their equipment could be used to spy on other countries and companies. As a result, Huawei is barred from using Android and Google services like the Play Store in its new phones, forcing it to develop its own operating system.

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