January 2, 2021.- China said it will take the necessary measures in response to the New York Stock Exchange’s announcement to remove three major Chinese telecommunications companies from its list.
The Stock Exchange said it would delist China Telecom Corp. Ltd., China Mobile Ltd. and China Unicom Hong Kong Ltd., and that trading of the companies will be suspended sometime between January 7-11.
The move stems from an executive order that President Donald Trump issued on Nov. 12, which prohibits investment in publicly traded companies that the US government says are owned or controlled by the Chinese military.
“China opposes Americans abusing national security by listing Chinese companies on the list of ‘Communist Chinese military companies’ and will take necessary countermeasures to resolutely safeguard the legitimate rights and interests of Chinese companies,” he said. in a statement a spokesman for the Ministry of Commerce of China.
The actions will also “greatly weaken the confidence of all parties in the US capital market,” the statement added.
During the Trump administration, the United States has stepped up economic sanctions and travel bans against Chinese companies, government officials and members of the Communist Party.
Featured image: The measure against Chinese companies stems from an executive order that President Donald Trump issued on November 12. Photo: San Diego Tribune.