White House's Kudlow: Not certain what USA will do on China's ZTE

White House's Kudlow: Not certain what USA will do on China's ZTE

White House's Kudlow: Not certain what USA will do on China's ZTE

Alex Wong, deputy assistant secretary of state for East Asia, told a Senate hearing on Tuesday that the president issued guidance to Commerce to review the ZTE sanctions.

Trump has threatened $150 billion in tariffs on imports of Chinese goods, and China has threatened to retaliate against USA exports, including soybeans and aircraft.

In 2012, ZTE was caught illegally shipping hardware and software from the U.S. to Iran and North Korea - a violation of sanctions and an offence that was settled a year ago. The import ban is not a step the Commerce Department took lightly-it was, in fact, the result of a probation violation following a 2017 deal whereby ZTE admitted to "a multi-year conspiracy" to deceive the US government about its operations inside Iran. House Speaker Paul Ryan increased the time pressure for negotiators last week by saying he'd need to be notified about a deal by May 17 to give the current Congress an opportunity to approve it.

USA officials are now discussing a package of changes that would relax penalties on ZTE in exchange for China easing tariffs on US agricultural products, though talks remain very fluid.

WASHINGTON-A trio of Senate Democrats on Tuesday urged President Donald Trump to reconsider providing any relief to China's ZTE Corp., saying that any potential deal could undermine American national security and that the company's fate should be handled separately from trade negotiations. "What about the millions of jobs that are lost because of what China has done?" he asked, adding: "Why on earth would President Trump promise to help a Chinese telecom company that has flouted USA sanctions and whose practices are a risk to our national security?" ZTE has asked the department to suspend the seven-year ban on doing business with US exporters.

In January, the lawmakers proposed a bill that would ban the USA government from using Huawei or ZTE phones, citing a threat to national security.

Mr Trump's words could help to ease tensions as the world's two largest economies resume talks after months of tariff threats.

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ZTE is a state-linked telecommunications company that sells its equipment to 140 countries.

The U.S. government sees the plan as a threat, and proposes to target it with tariffs on China's tech exports. "Chinese society must support ZTE", he said (although some needled him for sending the post not from a ZTE smartphone, but an iPhone).

In a statement on its website about the seven-year ban, ZTE said it was "unacceptable" that the US government "insists on unfairly imposing the most severe penalty on ZTE even before the completion of investigation of facts". Both the US and Chinese governments are suspicious that each others' chips and phones may contain "back doors", compromising the security of users' data.

The pre-installed software was discovered on Android phones and was produced by Shanghai Adups Technology Co. and deployed on more than 700 million phones, cars, and other smart devices.

"It's a significant issue of concern to the Chinese government, you know, and in our bilateral relationship there's a give and take and we discuss these issues", he said.

The move to ease the sanctions sparked criticism from both Republicans and Democrats who said the leniency is undercutting Trump's get-tough approach to unfair trading practices by China and its theft of American technology. But most of its products rely on core technology supplies from American companies like Qualcomm and Intel.

"I think the issue here is how harsh the remedies, how harsh the enforcement", said Kudlow. "It is because they got caught helping North Korea and helping Iran evade sanctions and they were punished for it".

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