Trump signs new law that allows kicking Chinese, other foreign firms off U.S. stock exchanges

Trump signs new law that allows kicking Chinese, other foreign firms off U.S. stock exchanges
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[Ed. – The law applies to any foreign company, but as indicated, it was prompted by concerns about Chinese companies.]

President Donald Trump on Friday signed legislation that would kick Chinese companies off U.S. stock exchanges unless they adhere to American auditing standards, the White House said, giving the Republican one more tool to threaten Beijing with before leaving office next month.

“The Holding Foreign Companies Accountable Act” bars securities of foreign companies from being listed on any U.S. exchange if they have failed to comply with the U.S. Public Accounting Oversight Board’s audits for three years in a row.

While it applies to companies from any country, the legislation’s sponsors intended it to target Chinese companies listed in the United States, such as Alibaba, tech firm Pinduoduo and oil giant PetroChina.

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