Trump says 'nothing has happened' with ZTE

17 May, 2018, 07:03 | Author: Valerie Santiago
  • How Trump's ZTE deal could undercut his foreign policy

The U.S. has very little to give, because it has given so much over the years.

Trump said Sunday he and Chinese President Xi Jinping were exploring ways to get the company "back into business fast".

Republican congressman Adam Kinzinger (Ill.) said he was "pretty concerned" and "blown away" by President Donald Trump's recent announcement that the USA would help to revive Chinese phone company ZTE, in a move that seems like a stark departure from the president's usual "America First" rhetoric.

GOP Sen. Marco Rubio attacked Trump's move after reports that the ZTE decision would come in exchange for China's lifting tariffs on some American agricultural products. Liu's visit follows a trip to Beijing earlier this month by a high-level USA delegation led by Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin.

White House economic adviser Larry Kudlow said on Tuesday it was far from certain what steps the US government would take on China's ZTE Corp, which he characterized as an enforcement, rather than trade, issue.

However, the U.S. ambassador to China, Terry Branstad, who took part in the talks in Beijing, acknowledged on the same day that the two sides were "still very far apart". "We have not seen China's demands yet, which should be few in that previous U.S. Administrations have done so poorly in negotiating".

Uncertainty over relations between the US and China has roiled financial markets and raised concerns among businesses anxious about a trade war. "China has seen our demands".

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A Chinese delegation was due to hold talks in Washington this week, with both sides threatening to impose massive tariffs on each other's exports. China has vowed to retaliate on everything from US soybeans to airplanes.

This seems rather paltry compensation for a huge USA concession, which Trump made before his trade talks with President Xi Jinping's government pick up steam. On Wednesday, he will meet with Rep. Kevin Brady of Texas, the Republican chair of the House Ways and Means Committee, along with other lawmakers, according to two congressional aides.

Democratic Sen. Ron Wyden also cited testimony from Trump's nominee to be the nation's top counterintelligence official, who said ZTE posed a risk to the US. Hatch chairs the Finance Committee, the Senate counterpart to Brady's panel. "Stay tuned!" Trump tweeted on Tuesday. Before the sanctions were placed on ZTE, intelligence officials warned that the phones could be used to spy on American citizens, prompting counterespionage efforts against China.

US lawmakers on Tuesday rejected any plan by Trump to ease restrictions on ZTE, calling the telecommunications firm a security threat and vowing not to abandon a US Commerce Department ruling that bans sales of American components and software to the company for violating terms of a sanctions settlement deal.

During an interview on CNN's "New Day" on Wednesday, the IL representative responded to Trump's tweets supporting the Chinese company amid speculation that the president is seeking a closer alliance with China for cooperation on North Korea and other foreign policy issues.

Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross told reporters Monday at the National Press Club in Washington that the department is now considering "alternative remedies" for ZTE's sanctions violations and it will seek to resolve the issue "very, very promptly".



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