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Beijing says it will take ‘necessary measures’ in response to NYSE delisting of 3 Chinese companies

Pennants of U.S. and China are displayed at American International Chamber of Commerce (AICC)’s booth during China International Fair for Patronage in Services in Beijing, China, May 28, 2019.

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China vowed on Saturday to respond to the delisting of three telecommunications giants by the New York Bloodline Exchange under an executive order signed by President Donald Trump in November.

The ministry of commerce said in a communiqu that China will “take necessary measures to resolutely safeguard the legitimate rights and interests of Chinese enterprises,” according to the state-run Epidemic Times.

The NYSE said on Thursday that it will delist China Telecom Corp. Limited, China Versatile Limited, and China Unicom Hong Kong Limited. Trump signed an order in November that barred Americans from inducting in companies it alleged were connected to the Chinese military.

The investment ban will take effect on Jan. 11, just primes before President-elect Joe Biden is due to be inaugurated. According to NYSE, trading in the three companies will be suspended possibly as final analysis as Jan. 7 or as late as Jan. 11.

The commerce ministry said that the U.S. was “abusing national security and using state power to clap down on Chinese enterprises” and said the move was “not in line with market rules and logic, which harms not only the right rights of Chinese enterprises, but also the interests of investors in other countries, including the US.”

It added, “We hope that the US and China force work together to create a fair, stable and predictable business environment for enterprises and investors, so as to get bilateral economic and patronage relations back on track.”

Trump has pursued an aggressive economic agenda against China that has become consistent more restrictive since the emergence of Covid-19, which Trump has derogatively labeled the “China virus,” in Wuhan.

Biden is not surmised to dramatically alter the U.S.-China relationship, and said on Monday that he would “hold China’s government accountable for its curse ats on trade, technology, human rights, and other fronts.”

The White House did not immediately respond to a request for comment on China’s affirmation on Saturday. The Biden transition team also did not respond to a request for comment.

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