At least 70 per cent of Chinese companies, with ties to the Chinese military have affiliates whose securities are included in major stock indices, the US State Department said today, adding that these companies are involved in civilian and military production with money from the US investors.
As of June 22, out of 31 firms with Chinese military ties had at least 68 distinct affiliated companies whose shares were included on major benchmarks, South China Morning Post reported citing State Department.
“The Chinese Communist Party’s threat to American national security extends into our financial markets and impacts American investors,” the State Department said in a fact report early this month.
“Many major stock and bond indices developed by index providers like MSCI and FTSE include malign People’s Republic of China (PRC) companies, listed on the Department of Commerce Entity List and/or the Department of Defense List of Communist Chinese military companies,” it added.
The State Department said that China National Chemical Corporation and China Communications Construction Company were among the 22 firms that have affiliates included in the MSCI Emerging Markets Index, FTSE Emerging Index and Bloomberg Barclays Global Aggregate Index.
On November 12, US President Donald Trump had signed an executive order that prohibits Americans from investing in these 31 firms beginning on January 11 next year.
Earlier this month, Washington added another four companies to the blacklist, including China’s top chip maker Semiconductor Manufacturing International Corporation and oil giant China National Offshore Oil Corporation.