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China Tech Giants Seen Avoiding Blacklist

China Tech Giants Seen Avoiding Blacklist

The U.S. government is expected to let Americans continue to invest in Chinese technology giants Alibaba Group Holding Ltd. , Tencent Holdings Ltd. an

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The U.S. government is expected to let Americans continue to invest in Chinese technology giants Alibaba Group Holding Ltd. , Tencent Holdings Ltd. and Baidu Inc., after weighing the firms’ alleged ties to China’s military against the potential economic impact of banning them.

New York-listed Alibaba and Baidu, and Hong Kong-listed Tencent, were among a dozen companies being examined for inclusion in a Defense Department list of firms deemed to support China’s military, intelligence and security services, according to people familiar with the matter. U.S. investors have until November to divest their holdings of any firm on the list.

The U.S. no longer plans to add the three firms, which have about $1.4 trillion in combined market capitalization, to the list. Nine other Chinese companies will be added, as well as more than 100 subsidiaries of companies already on the list, the people said.

The decision caps off a weekslong battle that pit Treasury officials, who feared widespread selloffs and economic fallout, against State Department and Pentagon officials seeking a tougher line against Beijing. In the end, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin prevailed.

The additions to the list will be submitted to Congress and released publicly as soon as Wednesday, said two of the people familiar.

This post first appeared on wsj.com

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