U.S. reaches agreement to lift ZTE ban with conditions

TIANJIN CHINA- 2018/05/19 ZTE research institute, located in Tianjin Binhai New Area. ZTE is one of telecommunication giants of China and the main buyer of equipments and spare parts made by United States manufacturers. Washington had issued a restr

U.S. reaches agreement to lift ZTE ban with conditions

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".

However, the House and Senate have been advancing legislation that would tie the hands of the president in dealmaking with ZTE, which is under a crippling US ban because it did business with Iran and North Korea in violation of sanctions.

President Donald Trump said he was ordering a reconsideration of penalties against ZTE as a favor to the country's president, Xi Jinping, after the company estimated losses of at least $3.1 billion from the USA technology ban.

Washington had agreed to hold back on sanctions in March 2017, provided that ZTE punish those responsible for covering up the Iran sales and paid around two thirds of a US$1.2 billion fine.

U.S. Commerce Department officials informed lawmakers of the deal under which ZTE will pay a bigger fine than previously expected, hire American compliance officers and shake up its management team, according to the people, who spoke on condition of anonymity.

This is a law enforcement action being handled by Commerce.

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"If the administration goes through with this reported deal, President Trump would be helping make China great again", said Democratic Sen.

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The offer would require ZTE to allow US compliance officials to embed within the company to scrutinize practices.

President Trump tweeted about the proposed deal on Friday, criticizing the Obama administration for letting ZTE "flourish with no security checks" and adding that Democrats "do nothing but complain and obstruct". USA -traded shares of NXP Semiconductors NV rose 4.7 percent after the announcement, as signs of better U.S.

Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross is scheduled to travel to Beijing on June 2 for further discussions over China's aggressive push to challenge US technological dominance. "Simply a fine and changing board members would not protect America's economic or national security, and would be a huge victory for President Xi, and a dramatic retreat by President Trump".

The telecom company has become entwined in high-stakes trade talks between the USA and China. "Both parties in Congress should come together to stop this deal in its tracks".

On Friday morning Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross asked Republican senators to tone down public criticism and give the administration room to negotiate the matter.

ZTE ran into trouble in 2016 for violating USA laws restricting the sale of American technology to Iran.

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.

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