ZTE Escapes US Ban, Will Pay New $1 Billion Fine

ZTE to Sign New Agreement to Allow it to Work with US Companies Again

The U.S. strikes a deal with Chinese electronics giant ZTE

China's ZTE will pay a $1 billion penalty and will embed a USA -appointed compliance team, terms that are similar to those President Trump discussed last month when he revealed that Chinese leaders had asked him to look into the matter.

"If they do violate it again, in addition to the billion dollars they are paying us up front, we had them put $400 million in escrow", he said.

The Trump administration stuck a deal Thursday with Chinese telecom ZTE to let the company do business in the USA even though it previously violated sanctions against Iran.

However, Commerce Department spokesman James Rockas told Reuters that "no definitive agreement has been signed by both parties".

The U.S. Commerce Department has struck a deal with China's ZTE, paving the way for the telecom giant to again do business with U.S. companies. The ban crippled the company, and it ceased "major operating activities" one month later.

ZTE also did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

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This means that the total penalties paid by the Shenzhen-based firm could reach US$2.29bn, after it stumped up an initial US$895m under the terms of a settlement reached in March 2017. "They will pay for those people", Mr. Ross said.

The US has chose to lift the tech ban on Chinese telecom giant ZTE in return for a US$1.4bn settlement and several other compliance measures. They will simply monitor the compliance of the company with the USA export control laws.

Chinese President Xi Jinping personally intervened with US President Donald Trump, who instructed Ross to find a solution. For this "pattern of deception, false statements, and repeated violations", the US Commerce Department issued the ban in April.

However, last month, Trump tweeted that "too many jobs in China" were being lost because of the USA action and that he had instructed the Commerce Department to find a solution. 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. Qualcomm and Intel count ZTE as a customer, as do smaller component makers Oclaro and Acacia, both of which saw their stock prices drop sharply when the ZTE export ban was announced.

ZTE supplier Oclaro Inc OCLR.O rose nearly 1 per cent while Acacia Communications Inc ACIA.O was down 1.5 per cent. Oclaro got 18 per cent of its business from ZTE previous year, while 30 per cent of Acacia's total revenue was from ZTE.

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