China’s new Anti-Unfair Competition Law, which
came into force January this year, has resulted in more
consolidation in government resources to conduct investigations
and more parallel enforcement.
But China still has a long way to go in battling
anti-corruption as perpetrators become increasingly
sophisticated in their strategies, such as by using bitcoin and
messaging system WeChat as ways to transfer funds. More
importantly, what is needed is comprehensive legislation solely
on anti-corruption, rather than a patchwork of laws, according
to panellists at the recent Asialaw In-House Counsel Summit in
Looking at enforcement statistics in recent years, the
number of cases investigated by China’s Central
Commission for Discipline Inspection (CCDI) has gone from
40,827 in 2016 to 51,008 in 2017. The number of officials
punished by the CCDI went up by 25% to 71,644 in 2017.