Did Trump blink on China to help ZTE, or his own business?

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A House Intelligence Committee report from 2012 revealed that ZTE and another Chinese telecom, Huawei Technologies, should be blocked from making any acquisitions or mergers with USA companies because of "the threat to US national security interests".

That was primarily directed at foreign banks and corporations that would now have to choose between the Iranian and American economy under renewed sanctions.

The US government is constructed in a way that the president does not have unfettered control.

Bill Evanina, the director of the National Security and Counterintelligence Center, a federal counterspy agency, said in a Senate hearing Tuesday he would not recommend that anyone in government or the private sector use ZTE phones over electronic spying concerns.

"ZTE, the large Chinese phone company, buys a big percentage of individual parts from USA companies", Trump tweeted Monday.

China will continue to deepen reforms, further open up its economy and improve the investment environment, Wang said in remarks to a U.S.

The U.S. flag is seen in the wine section of a supermarket in Beijing, China, April 5, 2018.

The Commerce Department in April found ZTE had violated a 2017 settlement created after the company violated sanctions on Iran and North Korea, and banned US companies from providing exports to ZTE for seven years. The company obfuscated its activity with shells and lies to investigators. In response, the Commerce Department last month ordered USA companies to stop selling to ZTE.

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ZTE was fined $1.2 billion in March 2017, but last month it was hit with a steeper sanction, prohibiting US firms from supplying it with needed parts after the Commerce Department found the company had lied multiple times and failed to take actions against employees responsible for sanctions violations.

Normally these matters are not negotiable.

"The U.S.is moving against ZTE because it wants to knock China out of its leading position in 5G mobile communication technology", fumed Hu Xijin, the editor of China's nationalist Global Times tabloid, in a post on the Weibo microblog platform. He tweeted on Sunday directing his Commerce Department to go easy on them.

"Despite Trump's apparent policy reversal, his influence on how ZTE should be punished was still limited under the U.S. political system, Professor Balding stressed". Here's what else you need to know to Get Up to Speed and Out the Door.

This is why Trump's Iran strategy is threatened by his ZTE decision. You remember Iran - the very country Trump wants stronger sanctions on. He's more abrasive. He challenges them much more. "I think if we can get a deal on renewing Nafta and changing Nafta to our liking, that really would be a very good kind of foundation to move on". Iran's foreign minister, Javad Zarif, has already started his own diplomatic tour of the other parties to the nuclear deal, including the European Union, France, Germany and the United Kingdom.

Trump had taken to Twitter on Sunday with a pledge to help the company, which has suspended its main operations, because the penalties had cost too many jobs in China.

"The government's primary goal remains social stability, and should trade tensions spark an economic downturn, look for Liu He and the central bank to take any necessary short-term measures to quell threats to that stability", Silvers said.

As of Monday, the USTR's Office has received over 2,700 filings of written comments regarding the administration's tariff approach, with major USA business groups opposed to tariffs on Chinese products.

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