Published: Thu, June 21, 2018
People | By Leon Thompson

Senate Votes to Reimpose ZTE Ban Despite President Trump's Efforts

Senate Votes to Reimpose ZTE Ban Despite President Trump's Efforts

The NDAA, which includes the provision about ZTE, passed in the Senate today with 85 votes in favor and 10 against.

The U.S. Senate has passed a major defense bill that would block the sale of U.S. F-35 fighter jets to Turkey unless it abandons a deal to buy S-400 missile-defense systems from Russian Federation.

The House of Representatives passed its own version of the measure, and the two chambers must now hash out a compromise.

This year, the Senate included an amendment that would kill the Trump administration's agreement to allow ZTE to resume business with United States suppliers, one of the few times the Republican-led Senate has veered from White House policy.

What just happened? It looked as if ZTE had been handed an expensive lifeline by Donald Trump last month when it signed a $1 billion deal with the U.S. government to lift a trade ban. According to Reuters, Trump is expected to lobby in front of the House Republicans and meet with senators on Wednesday.

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They said their calls for change, notably to fix "hypocrisy" and "unrelenting bias" against Israel were ignored. She had been threatening the pull-out since past year unless the council made changes advocated by the U.S.

That seven-year ban had been imposed by the Department of Commerce's Bureau of Industry and Security in March, after the vendor allegedly did not live up to the terms of an agreement that had been worked out after it illegally shipped telecom equipment to Iran and North Korea.

"As there are some differences between the NDAA versions of the US House and the US Senate. they will have to negotiate on the differences before the bill can be signed by President Trump", Lee said, adding that the ministry would pay close attention to further developments.

Shares of ZTE Corp and its American business partners took a hit on Tuesday after the U.S. Senate's passage of a defence bill set up a potential battle with the White House over whether the Chinese telecoms firm can resume business with U.S. suppliers. But, on Trump's orders, fewer than two weeks ago the administration made a deal to end ZTE's sanctions in exchange for a $1 billion fine, a move that was originally part of a larger trade deal that was unpopular with both Republicans and Democrats. Government officials are hoping to at least shape something that ensures national security within the US.

The bill would allow CFIUS to expand the deals that can be reviewed, for example making reviews of many proposed transactions mandatory instead of voluntary and allowing CFIUS to review land purchases near sensitive military sites.

Senators included the legislation because of the imprisonment of USA pastor Andrew Brunson and the purchase of the S-400 air defense system from Russian Federation. Also, enhanced employment opportunities for military spouses was laid out with the Military Spouse Employment Act of 2018 included in the bill.

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