NYSE says it would not delist three Chinese language telecom giants

The New York Stock Exchange said it no longer plans to delist three Chinese telecommunications giants.

In a late Monday statement, the NYSE said it dropped the plans after “further consultation with relevant regulatory authorities in connection with Office of Foreign Assets Control.”

Hong Kong-listed shares of China Telecom, China Mobile and China Unicom rallied after news of the reversal.

The announcement comes after the NYSE said on Dec. 31 that it would move to delist American depositary shares of China Telecom, China Mobile and China Unicom.

The exchange had originally planned to drop those listings in order to comply with an executive order that President Donald Trump signed in November. That order sought to bar American companies and individuals from investing in firms that the Trump administration alleged aid the Chinese military.

That ban is set to take effect Monday, a little more than a week before President-elect Joe Biden is set to to be inaugurated.

Biden is unlikely to make any immediate changes to the U.S.-China relationship, but has repeatedly said he would prefer to work with U.S. allies on enforcing the “rules of the road” for global trade.

Still, that approach would stand in contrast to that of the Trump administration, which often pursued aggressive, unilateral actions to challenge China on economic and national security issues.

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