A few days ago ZTE had to tap out of the smartphone business completely after the US sanctioned the company to prevent them from doing business with American manufacturers. Now President Trump wants to work with China to figure out a way to get ZTE back in the game. Confused? Yeah, me too.
Politics aside, Trump has always been pretty adamantly against China in favor of protectionist policies, and his latest round of sanctions were very specifically targeted to damage ZTE. So to almost immediately try to figure out a way around those sanctions doesn’t really make any sense, and seems to clash with the earlier anti-China rhetoric.
It would be nice to see ZTE still be able to manufacturer and sell phones, simply because having more competition is a good thing. But this has been a roller coaster with a lot of ups and downs, and I don’t expect this to be the last we hear about it.
source: Donald Trump (Twitter)