U.S. President Donald Trump and China President Xi Jinping are working together to solve the issues faced by Chinese telecom company ZTE following the seven-year ban imposed by the American administration.
"ZTE misled the Department of Commerce", Mr Ross said.
Then, of course, the President is involved in an aggressive trade dispute with China, which, on the USA side, included tariffs on about $60 billion of Chinese goods, the bulk of which were focused on the high-tech industry.
The U.S. ban has additionally been interpreted as a possible salvo in the burgeoning trade war between the Trump administration and China, and through that lens, the action may have given the U.S. leverage in trade negotiations.
There is a risk of letting any company "beholden to foreign governments" inside the country's telecommunications infrastructure, he said.More news: Europe scrambles to save Iran deal
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Without access to such technology, the company has been forced to partially shut down. In a later tweet, Trump suggested the US and China were moving forward on the trade negotiations but it was not clear how the ZTE case would fit into the bigger picture.
But ZTE has also always been the target of scrutiny for regulators and officials in the United States, which is wary of its ties to the Chinese government. "This egregious behaviour can not be ignored". Reuters notes that United States suppliers like Intel and Qualcomm will likely suffer "a significant impact" from the Commerce Department ban.
The company has been banned from selling equipment in the USA, but shutting out supply chain partners like Intel, Qualcomm and Google is potentially catastrophic. By cutting off access to U.S. suppliers of essential components such as microchips, the ban threatens ZTE's existence, the company has said.
Last year, ZTE pleaded guilty in us federal court to conspiring to sell USA technology to Iran and North Korea, violating economic sanctions and trade export rules.
"Our intelligence agencies have warned that ZTE technology and phones pose a major cyber security threat", he said.
The trade troubles threaten a technology sector that is increasingly intertwined with major players in the United States and China.
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