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08/19/2020 Source:  Bloomberg Law
Author: Kevin Cirilli, Shelly Banjo 1 min read

U.S. Warns Colleges to Divest China Stocks Over Delisting Risk

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U.S. Warns Colleges to Divest China Stocks Over Delisting Risk
HARVARD UNIVERSITY

The U.S. State Department is asking colleges and universities to divest from Chinese holdings in their endowments, warning schools in a letter Tuesday to get ahead of potentially more onerous measures on holding the shares.

“Boards of U.S. university endowments would be prudent to divest from People’s Republic of China firms’ stocks in the likely outcome that enhanced listing standards lead to a wholesale de-listing of PRC firms from U.S. exchanges by the end of next year, Keith Krach, undersecretary for economic growth, energy and the environment, wrote in the letter addressed to the board of directors of American universities and colleges, and viewed by Bloomberg.

“Holding these stocks also runs the high risks associated with PRC companies having to restate financials, he said.

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