BEIJING and SHANGHAI, China, Dec. 20, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Tsinghua Unigroup Ltd. (" Tsinghua Unigroup"), an operating subsidiary of Tsinghua Holdings Co., Ltd. (" Tsinghua Holdings"), a solely State-owned limited liability corporation funded by Tsinghua University in China, and RDA Microelectronics, Inc. (Nasdaq:RDA) (" RDA"), a fabless semiconductor company that designs, develops and markets wireless systems-on-chip and radio-frequency (RF) semiconductors for cellular, connectivity and broadcast applications, today jointly announced that the parties have entered into an amendment to the merger agreement dated November 11, 2013 in light of the latest relaxation of certain PRC regulatory approval requirements for overseas investments that are relevant to the announced merger between Tsinghua Unigroup and RDA (the " Merger").

On December 2, 2013, the State Council of the Central Government of China promulgated a new 2013 Government-Approved Investment Projects Catalog (the " New Catalog"), which replaced the 2004 Government-Approved Investment Projects Catalog. Pursuant to Article 13 of the New Catalog, if no sensitive country/region or sensitive industry is concerned, overseas investment projects involving an investment amount between US$300 million and US$1 billion no longer require approval from the National Development and Reform Commission (the " NDRC"), but instead are only required to complete the registration with the NDRC. The NDRC is currently in the process of preparing the relevant implementation rules.

"We and RDA amended the merger agreement to reflect the relaxation of regulatory requirements under the New Catalog. We are continuing to collaborate with the relevant parties to close the Merger smoothly," said Mr. Zhao Weiguo, Chairman and President of Tsinghua Unigroup.  

Steven Tang, Chairman of RDA, said "We are pleased to see the positive de-regulation trend in China under the current administration. RDA's Board of Directors supports and reiterates its recommendation for the shareholders to approve the Merger with Tsinghua Unigroup at the upcoming shareholders meeting on December 27, 2013."

The Merger remains subject to closing conditions, including approval of the shareholders of RDA, obtaining other required approvals and other customary closing conditions. RDA has scheduled an extraordinary general meeting of its shareholders on December 27, 2013, at 10:00 a.m. Beijing time to vote on the Merger.

About Tsinghua Unigroup

Tsinghua Unigroup Ltd. is an operating subsidiary of Tsinghua Holdings Co., Ltd., a solely state-owned limited liability corporation funded by Tsinghua University in China. Tsinghua Holdings Co., Ltd. is the controlling shareholder of Tsinghua Unigroup. The other shareholder is Beijing Jiankun Investment Group Co. Ltd. Tsinghua Unigroup's business lines include high-technology, bio-technology, science park development, and urban infrastructure construction.

About RDA Microelectronics

RDA Microelectronics is a fabless semiconductor company that designs, develops and markets wireless system-on-chip and radio-frequency semiconductors for cellular, connectivity and broadcast applications. The Company's product portfolio currently includes baseband, radio-frequency front-end modules, power amplifiers, transceivers, Bluetooth system-on-chip, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and FM combo chips, FM radio receivers, set-top box tuners, analog mobile television receivers, CMMB mobile television receivers, walkie-talkie transceivers and LNB satellite down converters. For additional information, please see the Company's website at

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