Report: China to vet Google's Motorola purchase

China's Anti-Monopoly Bureau is reviewing Google's $12.5bn merger with Motorola Mobility, according to reports

China's Anti-Monopoly Bureau is now reviewing Google's acquisition of Motorola Mobility as part of a routine acquisition process, according to reports.

Reuters reported on Wednesday that the antitrust body would look into the $12.5bn (£7.9bn) deal. The bureau's spokesman Shen Danyang said in a press briefing: "[The review] is still in the process of checking and verification of relevant issues and we will release any news of development in a timely manner."

The newswire cited a source close to the matter as saying that China has until 20 March to decide if it will approve the deal or start a third phase of review.

For more on this ZDNet UK-selected story, see Report: China reviewing Google-Motorola merger on ZDNet Asia.

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