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Microsoft asserts China unit broke no laws

July 30, 2014

Microsoft Corp. said Wednesday its Chinese unit has consistently followed the law, a day after local authorities confirmed they have opened an anti-monopoly investigation into the U.S. software giant.

"Obeying each country's laws and regulations is our basic principle," Joanna Li, Microsoft'sChina spokeswoman, told Kyodo News in a statement, adding that the company is ready to actively respond to questions by the authorities.

China'sState Administration for Industry and Commerce said Tuesday that the country is investigating whether Microsoft has violated its anti-monopoly laws, noting that the company had not fully disclosed relevant information about its Windows operating system and Office software.

The announcement to confirm the investigation was made after the state administration on Monday raided Microsoft offices in Beijing, Chengdu, Guangzhou and Shanghai.

The agency said it seized Microsoft internal documents and computers during the raids.

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Source: Japan Economic Newswire

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