New York Stock Exchange Starts Process of Delisting Three Chinese Telecom Companies Over Security Risks

The NYSE (New York Stock Exchange) is starting the delisting of three Chinese telecom companies’ securities. The delisting process started last month when President Donald Trump banned US investments in military-controlled Chinese companies.

The NYSE will suspend trading in the Chinese telecommunication companies’ stocks on either January 7 or 11. The Issuers deserve to review the decision. Each of the telecom firms named by the NYSE also has a listing in Hong Kong.

Roger Robinson, a former White House official, said that this is at least a triggering step to state security and human rights-related risk.

The NYSE’s move will limit US investor access and follows global index providers S&P Dow Jones Indices, Nasdaq, MSCI Inc, and FTSE Russell, deleting several Chinese firms from their indexes.

The staff of NYSE Regulation has determined to begin proceedings to delist the securities of the following issuers.

Issuer Symbol Description
China Mobile Ltd CHL American Depositary Shares
China Unicom (Hong Kong) Ltd CHU American Depositary Shares
China Telecom Corporation Ltd CHA American Depositary Shares

When to Commence Delisting Proceedings

The New York Stock Exchange reached its decision that the Issuers are no longer suitable for listing agreeable to Listed Company Manual Section 802.01D in light of Executive Order (DoD), signed on November 12, 2020.

On January 11, 2021, beginning at 9:30 a.m. EST, the Order bans any transaction in publicly traded securities or designed to provide investment exposure to such securities, of any Communist Chinese military company, by any American person.

The Pentagon has designated 35 companies this year, including oil company CNOOC Ltd and China’s best chipmaker, Semiconductor Manufacturing International Corp.

China has criticized that ban, and fund managers have said it could benefit non-US investors in picking up the stocks.

New York Stock Exchange Starts Process of Delisting Three Chinese Telecom Companies Over Security Risks
New York Stock Exchange Starts Process of Delisting Three Chinese Telecom Companies Over Security Risks
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The Federal Communications Commission also targets China Telecom. FCC stated earlier in December that it had started the process of canceling the company’s authorization to run in America.

Beijing and Washington DC” ties have grown aggressive in 2020 as the world’s top two economies sparred over Beijing’s handling of the COVID-19 outbreak.

Along with the ban on various technological and social applications (WeChat, TikTok, etc.), President Donald Trump also signed a law in December to kick out the Chinese telecom firms from US stock exchanges unless they follow American auditing standards.

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