Saturday, 29 February, 2020


Trump administration reaches deal to lift ZTE ban

The United States and China have reached a deal to lift sanctions on embattled Chinese telecom company ZTE The New York Times reported Trump administration reaches deal to lift ZTE ban
Bennie Garza | 28 May, 2018, 12:30

The approval came just days before President Donald Trump announced he was working on a controversial deal to drop United States restrictions against Chinese cell phone manufacturer ZTE.

To recap, after warnings from intel leaders about using ZTE phone and the implementation of a US export ban, the President tweeted, "President Xi of China, and I, are working together to give massive Chinese phone company, ZTE, a way to get back into business, fast".

"If the administration goes through with this reported deal, President Trump would be helping make China great again", Schumer tweeted on Friday.

Mr. Rubio said he spoke with Mr. Trump on Friday night, and thinks that while the administration wants to punish ZTE for breaking US sanctions on Iran and North Korea, he sees a broader effort to stop the Chinese from stealing intellectual property and forcing USA companies to transfer their technology to do business in China.

Sen. Mark Warner, the top Democrat on the Senate Intelligence Committee, also faulted the deal.

In a tweet Friday evening, the USA president praised his plan while lambasting Democrats as well as the Barack Obama administration, who he said "let phone company ZTE flourish with no security checks".

Still, leaders of both parties are concerned the deal isn't enough to prevent national security risks. Many hoped this time would be different. Chris Van Hollen, D-Md., the author of the Senate provision.

"I with high level security guarantees, change of management and board, must purchase USA parts and pay a $1.3 Billion fine", the president tweeted.

Amusing to watch the Democrats criticize Trade Deals being negotiated by me when they don't even know what the deals are and when for 8 years the Obama Administration did NOTHING on trade except let other countries rip off the United States.

A ZTE deal could help with high-stakes talks between the USA and China, which see the steel trade and intellectual property rights under the looming threat of punitive tariffs.

On the other hand, Congress might potentially block Trump's decision by making a new law and the Senate's pending National Defense Authorization Act includes a provision that would make rolling back the ZTE ban hard.

Fox News said Trump told them on Thursday that he had negotiated the $1.3 billion fine with Chinese President Xi Jinping in a phone call. "Now congress will need to act". On Thursday, the House passed a bill - which will now need to pass through the Senate - that would ban USA government employees from using ZTE products and stop the Defence Department from dealing with the company's vendors.

"ZTE presents a national security threat to the United States - and nothing in this reported deal addresses that fundamental fact", said Sen. Ltd. from operating in the U.S. He said their equipment could be used to help China spy on the U.S. and steal corporate secrets.

Ross plans to visit Beijing on June 2-4, and China has made saving ZTE one of its priorities.

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