The New York Inventory Trade (NYSE) mentioned it can delist three Chinese language telecommunications corporations based mostly on claimed hyperlinks with its army
China Cellular, China Telecom and China Unicom Hong Kong have all been focused by the Trump administration.
Shares within the telecoms giants will probably be suspended on the NYSE subsequent week whereas proceedings to delist them have begun.
The businesses earn all of their income in China and don’t have any vital presence within the US.
The delisting is seen extra as a symbolic blow amid heightened geo-political tensions between the US and China.
The three corporations’ shares are thinly traded within the US in comparison with their major listings in Hong Kong. The state-owned corporations dominate the telecoms business in China.
President Donald Trump signed an order in November barring American investments in Chinese language corporations owned or managed by the army.
The order prohibited US buyers from shopping for and promoting shares in an inventory of Chinese language corporations designated by the Pentagon as having army ties.
Mr Trump has focused numerous Chinese language corporations together with TikTok, Huawei and Tencent on the grounds of nationwide safety.
China responded with its personal blacklist of US corporations as tensions between the financial giants escalate.
The shares of China Cellular, China Telecom and China Unicom Hong Kong will probably be suspended from buying and selling between 7 and 11 January, the NYSE confirmed.
US inventory exchanges together with the NYSE and Nasdaq courted Chinese language corporations in the course of the previous decade to checklist their shares on their inventory markets.
There are at present greater than 200 Chinese language corporations listed on US inventory markets with a complete market capitalization of $2.2tn (£1.6tn).
However as relations turned bitter with the US, many Chinese language corporations have sought twin listings in China and Hong Kong.
Firms together with Chinese language e-commerce giants Alibaba and JD.Com even have listings in New York however have carried out secondary listings in Hong Kong previously two years because the commerce battle between the US and China intensified.
Final month, the US Home of Representatives handed a regulation to kick Chinese language corporations off US inventory exchanges if they don’t adjust to its auditing guidelines.