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China regulator seeks to avoid delisting of Chinese firms from US exchanges

U.S. authorities are moving towards kicking foreign companies off American stock exchanges if their audits fail to meet U.S. standards.

China | Delisting | US stock market

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Photo: Bloomberg
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Chinese authorities are working with US counterparts to prevent Chinese companies being delisted from US stock exchanges, a Chinese regulatory official said on Thursday, as a lengthy dispute about auditing standards rumbles on.

US authorities are moving towards kicking foreign companies off American stock exchanges if their audits fail to meet US standards.

The Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (PCAOB) and US policy makers have long complained of a lack of access to audit working papers for US-listed Chinese companies. Citing national security concerns, Chinese authorities have been reluctant to allow overseas regulators to inspect working papers from local accounting firms.

"We don't think that of Chinese firms from the US market is a good thing either for the companies, for global investors or Chinese-US relations," Shen Bing, director general of the Securities Regulatory Commission's department of affairs, told a conference in Hong Kong.

"We are working very hard to resolve the auditing issue with US counterparts, the communication is currently smooth and open. There is a risk of of these companies but we are working very hard to prevent it from happening," he added.

In December 2020, during the final weeks of his administration, President Donald Trump signed a law aimed at removing foreign companies from US exchanges if they failed to comply with American auditing standards for three years in a row.

The legislation was implemented by the PCAOB in September.

A map on the organisation's website showed as the only jurisdiction that denied the PCAOB "necessary access to conduct oversight".

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

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First Published: Thu, November 25 2021. 10:37 IST