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A clerk counts Chinese yuan and U.S. dollar banknotes at a branch of Bank of China in Taiyuan, Shanxi province, China, January 4, 2016. REUTERS/Jon Woo

A law firm in Beijing has filed an antitrust complaint against Apple with China’s powerful National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) and State Administration for Industry & Commerce (SAIC) for removing the apps of 28 Chinese developers “without detailed explanation and charging excessive fees for in-app purchases,” the Wall Street Journal reports (paywall). A detailed explanation, the case argues, would include responses to developers in Chinese, which Apple does not currently provide.

There has been a torrent of bad news for Apple in China recently, following its decision at the end of July to remove 60 VPN apps from its Chinese app store at the behest of authorities. That decision was widely regarded as a “dangerous precedent” (paywall) and the beginnings of what may turn into a “nightmare” (paywall) for functional foreign business in the Middle Kingdom.