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08/21/2020 Source:  Wall Street Journal
Author: Dawn Lim 1 min read

State Department Urges Universities to Disclose China Stocks Held in Index Funds

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A State Department official this week urged university endowments to divest Chinese stocks and disclose Chinese assets held in their index funds.

China’s growing prominence in emerging-markets indexes has steered more money from U.S. institutions into China, putting many endowments at odds with the Trump administration’s increasingly confrontational stance toward Beijing.

“Studies have shown that the majority of the U.S. university endowment fund portfolios own PRC stocks listed on American exchanges either directly or indirectly through emerging markets index funds,” wrote Keith Krach, the undersecretary of state for economic growth, energy and the environment, in a Tuesday letter, referring to the People’s Republic of China.

Mr. Krach asked the schools to tell their campus communities about their investments in China as well as any Chinese stocks they hold in those emerging markets index funds, a move that could pit students and administrators against their endowments.

Although index constituents are often public, endowments don’t usually make all their fund investments public.

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