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Justice Department investigating Huawei for violating United States sanctions on Iran

ZTE smart phone DOJ probing Huawei over possible sanctions violations: report
Allan Lindsey | 27 April, 2018, 00:56

China has called on Washington to avoid damaging business confidence following a report USA authorities are investigating whether Chinese tech giant Huawei violated sanctions on Iran. The report notes that the USA authorities have been probing Huawei's alleged shipping of United States origin products to Iran and other countries in violation of U.S. export and sanctions law since at least 2016. Justice has been focused on sanctions violations, but other parts of government, including the White House and Congress, are taking action against Chinese companies under the pretext of national security.

China's ZTE Corp. held a conference call on Wednesday with major suppliers, during which a company representative suggested the trade dispute with Beijing may have been a factor in last week's USA order banning American firms from selling goods to the smartphone maker, according to a person familiar with the call.

So now they're banned from doing business here.

It said it was committed to complying with the order and US export control regulations "while seeking a resolution to the matter on all available fronts and with the support of many of our business partners". That includes chipsets from Qualcomm, and possibly even Android itself - two items at the core of ZTE's smartphone business.

Acacia, the Massachusetts-based optical interconnect components maker, is among the major affected American companies.

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"China's position opposing nations using their own domestic laws to impose unilateral sanctions is consistent and clear", she told a daily news briefing. After all, Huawei has been in the USA government's cross hair perhaps longer than ZTE. It started years ago with the accusation that the Chinese government uses companies like Huawei and ZTE to spy on other countries like the US.

Since April 2016, ZTE Corporation (hereinafter referred to as "ZTE") has continuously reflected on lessons from its past experience in Export Control Compliance and has attached great importance to Export Control Compliance.

In its statement, ZTE asserted that the violations cited by the Commerce Department's Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) were self-reported by the company, which also made "corrective measures" and hired a USA law firm to conduct an independent investigation.

The Chinese company came under US pressure in 2012 when a congressional report concluded both Huawei and ZTE could become a tool for state-sponsored spying or sabotage.

For ZTE, which is now subject to a seven-year ban on business with U.S. companies, shares have been suspended from trading.

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