(13 May 2022) China’s market regulator had launched an antitrust investigation into the country’s largest online academic database, the China National Knowledge Infrastructure (CNKI).
The State Administration for Market Regulation published the announcement on its website. It did not provide further details.
CNKI, whose parent company is Tsinghua Tongfang 600100.SS, a Chinese state-owned software company linked to China’s elite Tsinghua University, said in a statement on WeChat it would cooperate fully with the probe and it would take it as an opportunity to carry out a self-examination.
CNKI came under scrutiny last month after local media reported China’s top research group, the Chinese Academy of Sciences, said it would suspend its use of CNKI, citing high subscription fees.
The original news report is here.