Zong Haichao

Partner, Yingke Law Firm

Zong Haichao is a partner at Yingke Law Firm in Beijing. He was educated in law in China and the UK, including at the University of Exeter. Over his 20-year career, he has handled cases in areas including foreign investments by Chinese companies, mergers and acquisitions, international trade and taxes, anti-monopoly, and intellectual property.

Alibaba Group co-founder and executive chairman Jack Ma attends the World Artificial Intelligence Conference (WAIC) in Shanghai, China, 17 September 2018. (Aly Song/REUTERS)

Alibaba probe: China's challenges in dealing with monopolies start with the state-owned enterprises

With the recent investigation into Alibaba for alleged monopolistic actions, Chinese legal expert Zong Haichao explores the need for balance in the measures taken by the Chinese government to curb monopolies. While many expect 2021 to be “year one” of the anti-monopoly era, Zong cautions that there are many challenges facing China's anti-monopoly moves, including the presence of state-owned enterprises and the lack of a sophisticated Chinese legislative structure.