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01/18/2021 Source:  NTD
Author: Emel Akan 1 min read

Trump Speeds Ban on Chinese Stocks in Final Weeks

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Trump Speeds Ban on Chinese Stocks in Final Weeks
Flags fly at full staff outside the NYSE in New York City on April 9, 2020. (Kena Betancur/Getty Images)

WASHINGTON—In his final weeks in office, President Donald Trump and his Cabinet members took swift actions to ban investments in large Chinese companies, a major step in curbing Beijing’s access to lucrative U.S. capital markets.

The administration has banned investing in 44 companies identified by the U.S. Department of Defense as “Communist Chinese military companies.” U.S. investors will have to divest from the securities of these companies and their subsidiaries before the November deadline.

The Pentagon’s blacklist drew Wall Street’s attention when Trump issued an executive order after the election in November 2020 that prohibited investing in companies with ties to the People’s Liberation Army. The order initially covered 31 Chinese companies, including prominent technology and manufacturing firms, such as state-run mobile operators China Mobile and China Telecom, video surveillance manufacturer Hikvision, and aerospace firm Aviation Industry Corp. of China.

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