Trump backers fear he's deserting them on China

Flags are placed for a meeting of US and Chinese industry representatives in Beijing

Flags are placed for a meeting of US and Chinese industry representatives in Beijing

Trump floated a plan to fine ZTE and shake up its management after his administration considering rolling back more severe penalties imposed for violating US sanctions by shipping goods to Iran.

China and the United States, however, made a breakthrough in trade talks after negotiations in Washington last week, stepping back from the brink of a global trade war and agreeing to hold further talks to boost US exports to China. But Trump said on Tuesday that he had agreed to re-examine the matter as a personal favour to Chinese President Xi Jinping. But many US concerns about China's economic practices remain unresolved: its acquisition of American technologies; the country's plans to subsidize the growth of advanced domestic industries such as artificial intelligence and clean energy; and USA companies' access to China's markets.

The U.S. ban was punishment for serious violations of U.S. national security-related laws, specifically, ZTE's business dealings with Iran and North Korea, and the company's subsequent lies in its initial settlement with the United States. According to the Wall Street Journal, the USA will lift its ban on American companies selling components and software to ZTE; in exchange, ZTE will be forced to make significant changes to its management teams, and possibly pay hefty fines.

Negotiations in Washington last week ended with China agreeing to buy more imports from the US, averting for now the imposition of USA tariffs on billions of dollars of Chinese products.

The letter went to Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, and trade Ambassador Robert Lighthizer. The U.S. officials left for China with cautious optimism and headed home with the message that the trade relationship between the two nations required "immediate attention".

"The government has encouraged us to lift more USA crude", one of the sources said.

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The United States and China are said to be working on a deal that would keep ZTE from going out of business. The amendment would require the president to certify that the company was no longer violating US law, had not done so for a year and was fully cooperating with investigators before changing its penalties.

Toyota Motor Corp. said Tuesday it would lower retail prices of its luxury Lexus brand cars exported to China. China announced a $3 billion list of USA goods including pork, apples and steel pipe on Friday that it said may be hit with higher tariffs.

Mr Trump, at the request of Chinese President Xi Jinping, said the USA would take another look at the penalties.

Republican Senator Marco Rubio has been among the most outspoken critics of coming to an agreement on ZTE, threatening via twitter that any deal would face a legal challenge from lawmakers.

South Korean President Moon Jae-in speaks as President Donald Trump listens during a meeting in the Oval Office of the White House on May 22, 2018 in Washington DC. So rather than taking the time to learn about our actual complaints regarding China's trade policy (primarily, intellectual property theft), or how we could deal with them (through multilateral pressure, such as the Trans-Pacific Partnership that Trump killed), Trump fixated on deficits. "We will see what happens", he said.

The latest announcement comes as negotiations with Canada and Mexico over revamping the continent-wide North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) have stalled over auto demands.

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