News of the approval was made on all the official state organs - the only issue was someone forgot to mention it to Microchip. This means that when hacks rang it up for a comment, it was effectively clueless.
It seems that it decided to take a more cautious approach while waiting for the mail to be delivered.
“We cannot confirm today’s report in the press that China’s MOFCOM has cleared the transaction”, the company told Reuters in an email.
Microchip said it believes the deal review process is running smoothly, and it remained optimistic that it will shortly get clearance from China’s Ministry of Commerce (Mofcom).
MOFCOM approval is seen as the primary hurdle for the deal, which has already received antitrust clearance in the United States.