Harbin Brewery has had trading in its shares stopped today. The Hong Kong Stock exchange suspended trading in the Chinese brewer, but gave no reason for the suspension.

It is believed that the sale of US Capital Group's 7% stake in the brewer to Anheuser-Busch is the cause behind the suspension.

Anheuser-Busch will be obliged to make an offer for the rest of the shares in Harbin Brewery that it does not already own if the sale goes through.