Caixin
May 18, 2022 09:21 PM
CHINA

Antitrust Probe Into China’s Top Academic Library Should Consider Its Controversial History, Analysts Say

CNKI has over 200 million research papers and owns 95% of copyrighted academic papers written in Chinese, which gives it near-monopoly power over China’s digital academic publishing industry. Photo: IC Photo
CNKI has over 200 million research papers and owns 95% of copyrighted academic papers written in Chinese, which gives it near-monopoly power over China’s digital academic publishing industry. Photo: IC Photo

An antitrust probe into China’s largest academic database should take into account the two decades of alleged abuse by the firm, experts told Caixin.

On Friday, China National Knowledge Infrastructure (CNKI) became the latest target for market regulators after several research institutes of the prestigious Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) announced that they’d stop using CNKI due to the database’s high subscription fees.

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