China's ZTE to pay $1 billion fine to end United States sanctions

China's ZTE to pay $1 billion fine to end United States sanctions

On Tuesday, Commerce Department spokesman James Rockas confirmed that "no definitive agreement [had] been signed by both parties".

Qualcomm supplies parts for ZTE phones, and its shares rose today on the news.

"The sources requested anonymity because they were not authorized to publicly discuss the matter".

Total US penalties imposed on ZTE now amount to $2.3 billion, according to the Commerce Department.

ZTE's survival has been a topic of discussion in high-level US-China trade talks.

However, last month, Trump tweeted that "too many jobs in China" were being lost because of the US action and that he had instructed the Commerce Department to find a solution.

As part of this deal, ZTE will also have to replace its board within 30 days as well as accepting "unfettered site visits" from the U.S. to ensure that components are being used for their claimed goal.

Washington lawmakers were indignant last month after Trump offered to rescue ZTE as a personal favor to Chinese President Xi Jinping - even though the company is widely considered a liability for U.S. national cyber-security.

U.S. Rep. Tim Ryan of Howland, D-13th, said, "Days after President Trump took a sledgehammer to our relationships with Canada and Europe by imposing harmful tariffs - jeopardizing alliances that helped us win the Cold War - his administration has formally announced its golden parachute for Chinese telecom giant ZTE".

The new agreement will force ZTE to replace its top management and board, Ross said. "Congress should move in a bipartisan fashion to block this deal right away". It was blocked from purchasing parts from US companies, sanctions that had crippled the company. ZTE paid 190 million dollars for such violations, but the dispute continued because the Commerce Department alleged that the company cheated the regulators and did not sanction the employees who authorized the transactions.

ZTE is based in Shenzhen, close to Hong Kong, and was founded in 1985.

The ban in effect nearly destroyed ZTE as it now relies on many components from American companies.

The deal will involve ZTE paying a $1bn penalty and hiring a compliance team chosen by the US.

"The provision of false statements to the USA government, despite repeated protestations from the company that it has engaged in a sustained effort to turn the page on past misdeeds, is indicative of a company incapable of being, or unwilling to be, a reliable and trustworthy recipient of US-origin goods", the commerce department said. And the company will be required to host and pay for a US-selected compliance team that will oversee the company's compliance over the term of the agreement.

According to Reuters, ZTE has signed a preliminary agreement that will lift the ban on United States companies providing ZTE with goods.



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