In a move that will fuel concerns about protectionism,
Chinas Ministry of Commerce (Mofcom) has blocked
Coca-Colas merger with Huiyuan Juice.
In an announcement published on Mofcoms
website, the anti-monopoly regulator prohibited the
transaction, expressing concern about the proposed
mergers impact on existing small-scale juice
Commentators, however, question whether this tells the full
The decision is not expressly protectionist but there
will be certain suspicions that non-competitive factors played
a role, particularly considering the media speculation...