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ZTE focuses on India and Indonesia to reduce exposure to US sanctions

Most of the focus, during the recent US-China trade wars, has been on Huawei because of its placement (now apparently suspended) on the USA’s entity list. However, while ZTE escaped the sanctions this year, after suffering a disastrous temporary ban on buying US components in 2018, the second Chinese vendor will not have felt secure. Some US politicians wanted the ban on Huawei to be extended to ZTE, and while both suppliers have been barred from US national infrastructure deals since 2011, the pressure on allied governments to block them from 5G deals has not necessarily been released. In some ways, ZTE is more vulnerable than Huawei because, as last year’s incident showed, it is far more reliant on US…

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