Trump administration unveils move to crack down on U.S. investments in Chinese firms

By Humeyra Pamuk, Alexandra Alper and Idrees Ali WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Trump administration on Thursday unveiled an executive order prohibiting U.S. investments in Chinese firms that Washington says are owned or controlled by the Chinese military, ramping up pressure on Beijing after the U.S. election.

Reuters November 13, 2020 02:06:06 IST
Trump administration unveils move to crack down on U.S. investments in Chinese firms

Trump administration unveils move to crack down on US investments in Chinese firms

By Humeyra Pamuk, Alexandra Alper and Idrees Ali

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Trump administration on Thursday unveiled an executive order prohibiting U.S. investments in Chinese firms that Washington says are owned or controlled by the Chinese military, ramping up pressure on Beijing after the U.S. election.

The order, which was first reported by Reuters, could impact some of China's biggest companies, including telecoms firms China Telecom Corp Ltd <0728.HK>, China Mobile Ltd <0941.HK> and surveillance equipment maker Hikvision <002415.SZ>.

The move is designed to deter U.S. investment firms, pension funds and others from buying and selling shares of 31 Chinese companies that were designated by the Defense Department as backed by the Chinese military earlier this year. Starting Jan. 11, the order will prohibit any transaction by U.S. investors in their securities.

In his executive order, President Donald Trump said he found China was "increasingly exploiting United States capital to resource and to enable the development and modernization of its military, intelligence, and other security apparatuses, which continues to allow the PRC to directly threaten the United States homeland and United States forces overseas."

The move indicates Trump, who was defeated by the Democratic challenger Joe Biden in the Nov. 3 election, is seeking to take advantage of the waning months of his administration to ramp up pressure on Beijing.

Thursday's action is likely to further weigh on already fraught ties between the world's top two economies, who are at loggerheads over intensifying strategic rivalry, China's handling of the coronavirus pandemic, and its move to impose security legislation on Hong Kong.

(Reporting by Humeyra Pamuk, Alexandra Alper and Idrees Ali; Editing by Chris Sanders, Edward Tobin and Rosalba O'Brien)

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