China Unicom to repurchase $1.3 billion of stock from SK Telecom

Weeks after China Unicom announces a share swap with SpainÆs Telefonica, ChinaÆs second largest telecommunications operator cuts its ties with SK Telecom.

China Unicom is to buy back HK$10 billion $1.3 billion worth of its own shares from Korea's SK Telecom, according to an announcement this week. The deal comes weeks after the Chinese telecom operator arranged a share swap of a similar size with Spain's Telefonica SA.

A total of 899 million shares are to be repurchased -- equal to 3.79% of the company and SK Telecom's entire stake. Under an agreement between the two companies, Unicom will...

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