A Chinese regulatory body has vowed to increase random quality checks for online goods in an attempt to stamp out the counterfeit issues that have continued to taint China’s e-commerce industry.

China’s State Administration for Industry and Commerce (SAIC) is the same regulatory body that released a damning white paper this January on Alibaba’s lax attitude to counterfeit products on their e-commerce platforms. Alibaba’s rival JD. com has also been called out for their oversight in tackling counterfeit products by the same body.

According to SAIC, the companies that fail to meet their ongoing standards will be forced to halt sales. The issue of counterfeit goods has been damaging for China’s e-commerce platforms as many look to expand overseas. At the same time the government has increased scrutiny over the past year, hoping to undo some of the negative stereotypes attached to China’s online trade.

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Cate Cadell

Cate is a tech writer. She worked as a journalist in Australia, Mongolia and Myanmar. You can reach her (in Chinese or English) at: @catecadell or catecadell@technode.com