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The annual must-pass defense bill’s final product will not include a full ban on Chinese telecommunications giant ZTE, but will instead block them from contracts with the US government.
While the move was seen as a major concession to Trump and China, the softened language in the bill is unlikely to imperil its chances of passing.

WASHINGTON — Republicans and Democrats in the Senate were very concerned about the nefarious Chinese smartphone maker ZTE ever since the Trump administration decided to begin easing the punishments levied on the company for violating US sanctions.

But when the conference committee tasked with hashing out the House and Senate differences in the annual National Defense Authorization Act eased back on what was previously considered a key national security concern, lawmakers gave a collective groan at the major concession to President Donald Trump.See the rest of the story at Business Insider

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