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US Issues License Allowing Investments Involving Chinese Military Companies, Treasury Dept Says

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WASHINGTON (Sputnik) - The Biden administration has issued a general license authorising transactions involving securities of certain Communist Chinese military companies, overturning a ban imposed by former President Donald Trump, the Treasury Department said in a notice on its website on Wednesday.

The license allows transactions with any company "whose name closely matches, but does not exactly match, the name of a Communist Chinese military company ... through 9:30 a.m. eastern daylight time, May 27, 2021," the notice said.

In mid November, former US President Donald Trump signed an executive order banning US citizens and companies from purchasing securities of Chinese companies which Washington believes could be linked to the Chinese military beginning from 11 January.

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