Jan 7 (Reuters) - Hong Kong's main Hang Seng index
ended Thursday lower, after the New York Stock Exchange moved to
delist Chinese telecoms firms again.
** At the close of trade, the Hang Seng index was down
143.78 points or 0.52% at 27,548.52. The Hang Seng China
Enterprises index fell 0.95% to 10,796.73.
** The New York Stock Exchange said on Wednesday it would delist
three Chinese telecom companies, confirming its latest U-turn on
** The American bourse's announcement came a day after U.S.
Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin told the NYSE chief he
disagreed with an earlier decision to reverse the delistings.
** Hong Kong shares of China Unicom led losses among
the three telecom stocks, falling 11.35% at market close, the
biggest loser on the Hang Seng for the day. China Mobile
fell 7.18% and China Telecom Corp dropped
9.38% at market close.
** The Trump administration is considering adding tech giants
Alibaba and Tencent to a blacklist of firms
allegedly owned or controlled by the Chinese military, two
people familiar with the matter said.
** Around the region, MSCI's Asia ex-Japan stock index
was weaker by 0.56%, while Japan's Nikkei index
closed up 1.6%.
(Reporting by Winni Zhou and Andrew Galbraith; editing by