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China Banks Act to Comply With Trump Sanctions on Hong Kong

  • Biggest lenders take steps to meet new U.S. sanctions
  • China is leaning on its banks to help economic recovery
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Hong Kong Sanctions Could Threaten Banks
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China’s largest state-run banks operating in Hong Kong are taking tentative steps to comply with U.S. sanctions imposed on officials in the city, seeking to safeguard their access to crucial dollar funding and overseas networks.

Major lenders with operations in the U.S. including Bank of China Ltd., China Construction Bank Corp., and China Merchants Bank Co. have turned cautious on opening new accounts for the 11 sanctioned officials, including Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam, according to people familiar with the matter. At least one bank has suspended such activity.