In a remarkable development, President Trump has thrown an olive branch to controversial Chinese telecom firm ZTE less than a week after it ceased its main business following restrictions from the US government.
Adding to tensions, the company was slapped with a $1.2 billion fine a year ago after the U.S government discovered it was doing business with North Korea and Iran.
In April, the Commerce Department penalized ZTE for violating a settlement with the USA government over illegal shipments to Iran and North Korea.
The company has been banned from selling equipment in the USA, but shutting out supply chain partners like Intel, Qualcomm and Google is potentially catastrophic. "Major operating activities of the company have ceased", ZTE said in a filing Wednesday.
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In trade talks in Beijing earlier this month, China asked the United States to ease crushing sanctions on ZTE, according to people with knowledge of the matter. The US move against ZTE is also a blow to American component makers like Qualcomm, Microsoft and Intel, who sell it billions of dollars worth of equipment every year.
President Donald Trump said Sunday he has instructed his Commerce Department to help get a Chinese telecommunications company "back into business" after the U.S. government cut off access to its American suppliers.
Trump has insisted that relations between Washington and Beijing have never been better and he has been working closely with Xi in efforts to persuade North Korea to abandon its nuclear program.
Against that background, the Trump administration has barred military and government employees from using smartphones from ZTE and fellow Chinese maker Huawei.
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In response to the sanctions, Trump has now pledged to help the Chinese phonemaker "get back into business". "You should care more about our national security than Chinese jobs".
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Along with the simmering trade fight between Trump and China, the ZTE decision represents an example of the global consequences of the fraying ties.
In another tweet, posted later Sunday afternoon, Trump said "China and the United States are working well together on trade", adding "be cool, it will all work out".
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