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Branstad: US, China 'still very far apart'

Branstad: US, China 'still very far apart'

Assess the wider fallout effect of the US decision to ban component sales to ZTE.

US President Trump has done a volte face on the issue of China's ZTE trade embargo.

The move is a sharp reversal from just two weeks ago, when the views of advisers supporting punitive measures appeared ascendant.

Still, critics charged that Trump shouldn't have intervened in the legal case against ZTE.

The company shut its main operations after the Commerce Department last month banned USA companies from selling components to ZTE for seven years for violating the terms of a settlement deal for illegally shipping goods made with US parts to Iran and North Korea. "If the accusations past year and last month are accurate, ZTE violated Iran sanctions, then further attempted to deceive the US government". Some officials believe that the camp of Trump officials trying to avoid a trade war with China - led by Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and National Economic Council Director Larry Kudlow - are winning the never-ending battle for the president's limited attention.

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.

Last month, Commerce accused ZTE of violating the agreement and blocked ZTE from importing American components for seven years.

White House spokesman Raj Shah tells reporters the sanctions against ZTE are "a significant issue of concern to the Chinese government". "We have leverage to bring fairness back to relationship with #China whose other tech firms Tsinghua, Huawei, BBK, Yiomi & Lenovo rely on USA chips as well".

FBN's Connell McShane and Susan Li on the Trump administration's efforts to reduce the US trade deficit with China and concerns of a potential recession by 2020. The president's tweet about ZTE may be a sign that U.S. The EU wants to improve trade relations with the USA, but won't make concessions to solidify the exemption because it needs to consult with its 28 members, European Commission Vice-President Jyrki Katainen told a news conference, according to Reuters. Bilateral talks between the world's two biggest economies resume in Washington this week.

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The White House said the deficit has triggered the loss of millions of U.S.jobs that are consequently added to the Chinese economy.

"Any telecom firm in #China can be forced to act as a tool of Chinese espionage without a court order or other review process", Rubio said.

Relations between the U.S. and China have become fractious in recent weeks. Numerous demands in the document are insane, he said, "But we actually accepted one of China's insane demands".

"China's utilisation of intelligence services and nontraditional collectors to advance their national development continues to place our national security at risk".

The sides are reportedly zeroing in on an agreement that would remove US sanctions on the Chinese telecommunications giant, which is at risk of shutting down after the Trump administration barred domestic components manufacturers from selling to the company because it violated sanctions on doing business with Iran and North Korea.

ZTE employs about 80,000 people, mostly in China. He tweeted on Sunday directing his Commerce Department to go easy on them. It also sends the message that the United States doesn't have the stomach for the larger economic battles with China to come.

ZTE reached a settlement in March 2017 for violating USA export laws and paid penalties totaling $1.19 billion. "We are insane to allow them to operate in USA without tighter restrictions". But most of its products rely on core technology supplies from American companies like Qualcomm and Intel. In addition to sparring with China, his team is in talks to rewrite the North America Free Trade Agreement with Mexico and Canada. ZTE has asked the department to suspend the seven-year ban on doing business with US exporters.

It relies on United States microchips and other components for 25-30% of the equipment it produces. Trump's tweet set off a panic both inside and outside the administration among those who worry that Trump is backing down from his key campaign promise to stand up to China's unfair trade practices and economic aggression. JP Morgan stated that the very fact that Trump is trying to solve problems for ZTE is indicative of the warming up of connection between U.S. and China. "We are now in close communication over details of the implementation", Lu told reporters at a daily news briefing.

Trade talks with China on plans for US tariffs on Chinese goods and Chinese retaliatory tariffs are underway in Washington this week.


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