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China's ZTE chairman apologizes, pledges reboot after US reprieve

10 June, 2018, 11:21 | Author: Kristi Dunn
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Ross also said that a compliance team picked by the US will be embedded at ZTE and that the Chinese company must change its board and executive team in 30 days.

ZTE pleaded guilty past year to conspiring to evade USA embargoes by buying US components, incorporating them into ZTE equipment and illegally shipping them to Iran, paying almost $900 million (670.54 million pounds) in fines.

The Trump Administration still retains "the power to shut them down again" as well, and perhaps most important of all, a "compliance department" of the US Commerce's choosing will "literally be embedded into the company to monitor it going forward". But skeptics anxious that ZTE's destruction could mar an already delicate relationship between the US and China. Although not specifically stated, the announcement implies that ZTE will no longer be banned from selling technology to other countries and that American companies will no longer be banned from selling components to ZTE, either. "They will pay for those people, but the people will report to the new chairman, because we are also having them replace the entire management and the entire board". We imposed a work team chosen by us within the company, financed by it and subordinated to the new executives, to closely monitor their activities, said the high official in the Squawk Box program of such television station. Ross, speaking on CNBC today, said that a compliance team picked by the USA will be embedded at ZTE.

Today, BIS is imposing the largest penalty it has ever levied and requiring that ZTE adopt unprecedented compliance measures. Reuters earlier on Tuesday reported that ZTE has signed an agreement in principle that would allow the crippled company to resume operations.

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In April, the Chinese group was cut off from U.S. technology products for violating United States sanctions against North Korea and Iran - measures which threatened to put ZTE out of business. "They will pay for those people", Mr. Ross said.

Reviving ZTE has been a personal focus for President Trump, whose government is in the middle of broader trade negotiations with the Chinese government.

"Even China's State-owned Assets Supervision and Administration Commission had harsh words for ZTE, saying that the company was "stupid and passive" and that "[ZTE had] taken risks to engage in illegal operations numerous times".

A sign for the ZTE booth was seen at the 2014 Mobile World Congress, the world's largest mobile phone trade show, in Barcelona, Spain.

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