Why Is the US Afraid of China's Rise?

Why Is the US Afraid of China's Rise?

Why Is the US Afraid of China's Rise?

President Trump meets with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, center, and Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer on December 7.

"President Xi of China, and I, are working together to give massive Chinese phone company, ZTE, a way to get back into business, fast", Trump tweeted Sunday.

Schumer (D-N.Y.), along with Sens.

The Obama and Trump administrations had previously sought to punish ZTE, a huge company that makes phones and other products, for selling items to countries in violation of USA sanctions.

Like other Chinese telecom brands, it is dependent on sophisticated parts and software from USA firms.

A bunch of 32 Senate Democrats urged Trump Tuesday to take care of a seven-year ban on ZTE's buy of American-made elements important to the corporate's manufacturing - a penalty put in place after the corporate bought merchandise to Iran and North Korea after which did not penalize officers because it had informed the U.S.it will.

Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross said during an appearance at the National Press Club in Washington Monday that "ZTE did do some inappropriate things".

Tom Cotton, R-Ark., has written a invoice banning the USA authorities from contracting with ZTE or one other China telecom, Huawei, used Trump's most popular mode of communication to criticize Trump's said curiosity in easing penalties on ZTE.

In February, six intelligence chiefs advised USA consumers against buying smart phones produced by Chinese companies, including ZTE specifically, and in April, the Pentagon pulled the phones from the shelves at US military bases.

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The foreign ministry said Vice Premier Liu He will visit the U.S. from Tuesday to Saturday for consultations with U.S. Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin.

Democrats and some Republicans have accused Trump of grasping for any leverage he might be able to find in the trade talks with China.

The U.S. and China are near a deal where the U.S. will reverse the order banning ZTE from buying U.S. tech components on the condition that Beijing removes tariffs on billions of dollars of American agriculture products, The Wall Street Journal reported, citing people familiar with the negotiations on both sides.

The timing of the president's renewed tweeting came amid criticism from both Republicans and Democrats to what seemed like an abrupt about-face on USA policy.

ZTE was also slapped with a suspended seven-year ban on the purchase of US tech products.

Two days in the past Trump raised alarms by saying he was explicitly attempting to assist ZTE get again into enterprise with the U.S. But instead of punishing these workers, they were rewarded with bonuses. "This egregious behavior can not be ignored", Ross said last month.

In negotiating terms, that means Trump is giving away the very leverage point that's putting the squeeze on China in exchange for exactly nothing, except putting USA consumers and our country as a whole at risk.

But Democratic lawmaker Adam Schiff cautioned against being too soft on the company, saying on Twitter: "Our intelligence agencies have warned that ZTE technology and phones pose a major cyber security threat". It was a departure for a president who often touts "America First" policies.

Bill Evanina, who is facing a confirmation vote to head the newly created National Counterintelligence and Security Center, said he was not up to speed on the sanctions against ZTE, and he declined to say whether lifting them would be a good idea. He did not say what other options were being discussed.

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