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Constricting investments into Chinese companies could hit the US as hard as it hits China

by Shiva BolakheOctober 1, 2019

BEIJING — Possible U.S. restrictions on investing in Chinese companies would not only have a limited effect on china — but it could also hurt the United States, analysts told CNBC.

The comments come on the back of reports that the white house is considering investment curbs on china, such as delisting Chinese stocks in the United States and limiting government pension funds’ investments in the Chinese market.

Restrictions such as delisting of Chinese stocks in New York could send the message that the “U.S. is not as open as before. It’s going to have a fairly far-reaching impact,” Ning Zhu, professor of finance at Tsinghua University in Beijing, told CNBC in a phone interview on Sunday.

U.S. stocks closed lower on Friday after Bloomberg first reported the news. The kraneshares CSI China Internet ETF(KWEB), which tracks major Chinese internet-related companies listed in New York or Hong Kong, fell 3.8%.

Analysts say the reported restrictions could be an effort by the White House to gain leverage in the upcoming U.S.-china trade talks.

It is unclear how close, if at all, the White House is to announcing curbs on U.S. investment.

The U.S. Treasury assistant secretary for public affairs, Monica Crowley, said in a statement over the weekend that “the administration is not contemplating blocking Chinese companies from listing shares on U.S. stock exchanges at this time. We welcome investment in the United States.”

The China Securities Regulatory Commission did not respond to a faxed request for comment.

Options outside the US

If the U.S. were to carry out such investment curbs, it would be difficult to implement and will negatively affect U.S. capital markets, said Zhu. “Finance is unlike military or export orders, or trade. Finance is much more difficult to trace.”

Many Chinese start-ups have chosen to list in the U.S. for a boost to their brand and access to U.S. dollars.

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