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Hong Kong exchange moves to clean up market with new delisting rules

Controls put on lengthy trading suspensions catch up to international standards

The Hong Kong Exchanges and Clearing flag, left, flies in front of the company's headquarters in Hong Kong. (Photo by Ken Kobayashi)

HONG KONG -- After loosening its listing rules to try to draw more high-tech initial public offerings, the Stock Exchange of Hong Kong has now turned its attention to addressing the longstanding problem of near endless trading suspensions.

Unlike a number of its global peers, the Hong Kong market has allowed companies to remain listed but with their shares suspended for trading for years with little consequence. Investors worried about getting trapped in stock positions with little way to exit have long called for Hong Kong Exchanges & Clearing, the market's parent, to bring its practices into line with international standards.

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