Published: Fri, May 04, 2018
Science | By Joan Schultz

China asks United States to amend ZTE business ban

China asks United States to amend ZTE business ban

Washington imposed the ban last month, accusing ZTE of breaking an agreement to punish employees after the Chinese maker of smartphones and telecoms gear shipped USA goods to Iran in violation of US sanctions.

The Pentagon has ordered United States military bases to stop selling any Huawei or ZTE devices and pull them from shelves, and that includes not only smartphones but any wireless devices.

USA officials imposed the ban last month when accusations arose surrounding ZTE supposedly shipping imported goods to Iran. "In light of this information, it was not reasonable for the stores Department continued to sell them", - said the representative of the press service of the Pentagon Michael Dave Eastbourne.

The move comes after the US Commerce Department last month banned US companies from selling components to ZTE for seven years.

Earlier this week, the Pentagon banned the sale of both companies' phones on military bases - just the latest in a long line tough breaks here in the States.

Members of the military can still buy Huawei and ZTE phones elsewhere, if they so choose, but Eastburn warned them to "be mindful of the security risks", the report notes. According to a new report from Reuters, the subject was broached during a meeting with between senior Chinese and usa officials in Beijing this week.

Huawei, one of the world's top makers of smartphones and telecom equipment, previously sought partnerships with major US carriers in an effort to break into the market, while ZTE, the Journal noted, comprises almost 10 percent of phones shipped in the U.S.

Two sources, that wish to remain anonymous due to their lack of permission to speak about the topic, told Reuters that China has pleaded with the take ZTE's appeal into account, alongside its efforts with compliance.

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