White House adviser: USA wants China trade deal as talks resume

2017 shows U.S. President Donald Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping at their joint press conference at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing. ==Kyodo

2017 shows U.S. President Donald Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping at their joint press conference at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing. ==Kyodo

The U.S. forbid American companies from selling products to the company for seven years, resulting in the company announcing last week it would have to shut down major operations.

With China's second-largest telecommunication company ZTE literally shut down because of punitive sanctions by the U.S. Treasury, President Donald Trump called for a solution of the situation on May 13, 2018 after talking to China's President Xi Jinping. "Commerce Department has been instructed to get it done!"

Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross says the department will be exploring "alternative remedies" to punish the Chinese company ZTE for defying trade sanctions.

Asian shares were mostly lower in muted trading Tuesday amid continuing uncertainty over trade tensions between China and the U.S.

"Unilateral imposition of tariffs prior to any meaningful negotiations with China will raise charges that the United States has ignored its WTO commitments", the NFTC said in its comments submitted last week, adding additional tariffs are "extremely likely" to increase the harm to American manufacturers, service providers and consumers.

"You (Trump) should care more about our national security than Chinese jobs".

A House Intelligence Committee report from 2012 revealed that ZTE and another Chinese telecom, Huawei Technologies, should be blocked from making any acquisitions or mergers with US companies because of "the threat to USA national security interests". "We're still very far apart", U.S. Ambassador to China Terry Branstad said, according to Reuters.

ZTE is known to rely on importing chips from USA firms such as Qualcomm and Intel for up to a third of its components.

A security firm, Kryptowire, disclosed in 2016 that Chinese phones are loaded with software that sends a user's data to Beijing.

In a story May 13 about President Donald Trump's promise to help Chinese telecommunications company ZTE, The Associated Press reported erroneously that Amanda DeBusk is the chair of the global trade department at the law firm Hughes Hubbard & Reed.

Sen. Marco Rubio (R., Fla.) criticized the plan to ease sanctions on ZTE and said the company has benefited from the theft of American technology.

In a statement Monday, Ross noted taking action on ZTE is a different issue than the trade dispute with China.

"The United States and China are the two biggest economies in the world".

California Rep. Adam Schiff, the top Democrat on the intelligence committee, criticized Trump for softening his stance on ZTE.

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