China urges the U.S. to stop politicizing its security market
A sign for Wall Street hangs near the New York Stock Exchange in the U.S., March 22, 2021. /CFP

A sign for Wall Street hangs near the New York Stock Exchange in the U.S., March 22, 2021. /CFP

China on Thursday urged the U.S. to stop politicizing the security market in response to a U.S. law aimed at kicking foreign companies off American stock exchanges if they do not comply with U.S. auditing standards.

The U.S. securities regulator adopted the Holding Foreign Companies Accountable Act on Wednesday. The Act, signed into law in December by then-President Donald Trump, is aimed at removing Chinese companies from U.S. exchanges if they fail to comply with American auditing standards for three years in a row.

"[The Act] is completely an unreasonable political suppression of Chinese listed companies in the U.S.," said Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying on Thursday.

"It deprives the U.S. public and investors in sharing in Chinese businesses' growth. It will harm the U.S.'s position as a capital market," she added.

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Hua urged the U.S. to stop discriminatory practices against Chinese companies and provide a fair, just, and non-discriminatory business environment for all businesses listed in the United States.

The rules also require firms prove to the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) that they are not owned or controlled by an entity of a foreign government and to name any board members who are Chinese Communist Party officials, the SEC said in a statement Wednesday.

In Hong Kong, the news prompted a sell-off of U.S.-listed Chinese companies that have listed on the city's exchange in the past two years. Baidu shares – which debuted on Tuesday – closed down 9.65 percent Thursday, Alibaba Group Holding Ltd. slipped 3.9 percent.

Shares in Hong Kong Exchanges and Clearing, operator of the city's stock exchange, rose 3.35 percent, which Kingston Securities director Dickie Wong said was the result of investors expecting more homecoming listings from China's U.S.-listed stocks.

The SEC said it was still assessing how to roll out the rest of the law's requirements, including the identification process and trading prohibition requirements.

(With input from Reuters)

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