China gives tech deal conditional green light

On May 19th, China’s Ministry of Commerce announced its decision to conditionally clear Google’s acquisition of Motorola Mobility. This removes the last hurdle for the 12.5 billion US dollar deal. Of the three conditions, one is that Google must treat all original equipment manufacturers in a non-discriminatory manner. China is one of the biggest OEM countries for mobile phones. What impact will this have on the Chinese mobile market?

The Ministry of Commerce ruling came eight months and two extensions later. Google and Motorola submitted their collective application for the acquisition in China last September, and got their answer after a lengthy anti-monopoly review.

The MOC listed three conditions Google must meet to get the full go ahead… Read more

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