The Trump administration had previously announced that it was banning us companies from selling ZTE components for seven years, components critical to its entire product line. The order effectively cut off the company off from receiving most USA technology, and as a result of this ban, ZTE's operations, which heavily relied on importing both hardware and software from the U.S., ground to a halt, putting the future of the company in doubt.
Speaking in a CNBC interview, Ross said the deal includes a US$1 billion penalty against ZTE and a US-selected compliance team to be embedded at the company to prevent further violations of the sort that prompted the Commerce Department to cut ZTE off from its U.S. suppliers. Moreover, the U.S. Commerce Department is expected to count the $361 million ZTE paid past year as part of a settlement agreement, which will allow the government to claim no less than $1.7 billion in penalties.
Critics like senator Marco Rubio have criticized the Trump administration's willingness to cut a deal with ZTE, saying it undercuts U.S. national security.
"At about 6:00 A.M. this morning, we executed a definitive agreement with ZTE and that brings, that brings to a conclusion this phase of the developing with them", Ross said in an interview with CNBC.
Senate Majority Leader Charles E. Schumer called for Congress to reverse the decision, which is unlikely.
The terms outlined by Reuters are similar to the those Trump outlined in a May 25 tweet, saying that ZTE might reopen "with high level security guarantees, change of management and board, [and it] must purchase usa parts and pay a $1.3 Billion fine".
A ZTE spokesman couldn't be reached for comment.
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■ ZTE must also change its board of directors and executive team within 30 days. That's in addition to the $1 billion fine paid a year ago. Post calculations of U.S. parts in the company's products would also have to be on a public website. Chris Van Hollen, D-Md., to bar such forgiveness for Chinese telecom companies is not retroactive and thus would not cover the ZTE deal, according to an analysis by Cowen Research Group.
Reviving ZTE has been a personal focus for President Trump, whose government is in the middle of broader trade negotiations with the Chinese government.
ZTE says it does business with telecom providers, governments and corporate network clients in more than 160 countries.
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"It doesn't really move the ball forward on the deeper structural issues in U.S". "The ZTE case was a thorn in the side for China ..."
The company was found to have shipped its sophisticated telecommunications equipment to both nations and to have repeatedly lied to USA investigators about its actions. Oclaro got 18% of its business from ZTE past year, while 30% of Acacia's total revenue was from ZTE.