ZTE in jeopardy again as Senate defies Trump with potential new ban

  • ZTE in jeopardy again as Senate defies Trump with potential new ban

ZTE in jeopardy again as Senate defies Trump with potential new ban

Several, actually. The ban wouldn't be lifted until ZTE pays a $1 billion fine and places $400 million more in escrow in a USA -approved bank for 10 years to cover any future violations.

The amendment will also ban government agencies from trading telecommunications equipment and services with Chinese telecom companies ZTE and Huawei, as well as from providing loans to or subsidizing either company, according to The Hill. According to the Wall Street Journal, a group of GOP Senators has added an amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act that would make it against the law for ZTE to obtain supplies from US companies. "Given their repeated violations of USA law, we can not trust them to respect USA national security, and so it's vital we hold them accountable and pass this amendment".

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"The Chinese government uses these companies for espionage and intellectual property theft, posing a direct threat to our national security and endangering the American people and our economy", said Sen.

The deal has sparked bipartisan pushback, with many lawmakers citing national security as their main concern.

Cotton and Rubio, along with Sen.

A woman passes by a ZTE building in Beijing, China shortly after President Donald Trump tweeted about possibly reversing a ban on the tech giant in May.

Senators are looking to rein in those tariffs in the defense bill, too.

While the settlement announced Monday by the U.S. Commerce Department would allow ZTE to resume buying parts and selling products in the U.S., there was a catch.

Despite bipartisan support for the measure, Republicans are divided over whether it is wise to cross the president on this matter - and it is not clear that the effort to stymie Trump's deal will make it to the final version of the defense bill.

The measure is being included as part of a package of changes agreed upon by committee leaders, meaning that the Senate is likely to include it as part of the defense bill later this week.

Trump had said the ZTE deal was a precursor to any broader US-China trade negotiations.

The amendment is spearheaded by Democratic Senator Chris Van Hollen of Maryland and Arkansas Republican Senator Tom Cotton.

Republicans hoping to avoid a direct clash with the White House over the ZTE deal are eyeing that reconciliation process to mitigate the Senate's latest step.

The authorization must pass both houses of Congress.