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Lawmakers Take Aim at Chinese Tech Firms

Jun 08 , 2018

WASHINGTON—China hawks in Congress lost a battle over ZTE Corp. when the Trump administration announced a deal Thursday to resuscitate the Chinese telecommunications giant, but they made it clear their war against Chinese technology companies is far from over.

Hours after the Commerce Department announced a deal that would prevent ZTE’s collapse by allowing it to resume buying components from U.S. suppliers, a bipartisan group of lawmakers introduced an amendment to a must-pass bill in an effort to undo the deal.

Members of Congress have also begun scrutinizing Google’s relationship with China’s Huawei Technologies Co. A group of lawmakers that includes some of the biggest critics of Huawei—Sens. Tom Cotton (R., Ark.) and Marco Rubio (R., Fla.) and Reps. Mike Conaway (R., Texas) and Robert Pittenger (R., N.C.)—is looking at Google’s operating-system partnership with Huawei.


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