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His comments come after Mr. Trump tweeted on Sunday that he wanted federal officials to help get the Chinese phone company ZTE back into business after USA penalties threatened to shut the business down, according to The Hill. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., tweeted Sunday that it would be "crazy" to allow ZTE to operate in the USA without tighter restrictions. "And Monday afternoon, Ross insisted in a speech at the National Press Club that ZTE would not be a factor in the trade talks", a claim Trump undermined just a few hours later with his tweet linking the two matters. The two sides have so far imposed or threatened each other with billions of dollars in tariffs and failed to significantly narrow their differences when Mnuchin led a delegation to Beijing earlier this month. US shares were set to drift lower with Dow futures down 0.2 percent at 24,827. The sanctions were imposed because the company which relies heavily on United States imports for its operations continued its unlawful selling of items to North Korea and Iran.

Global shares were mixed in muted trading Tuesday amid continuing uncertainty over trade tensions between China and the U.S. Investors were watching for U.S. retail sales data due out later in the day.

"I understand the Commerce Department is reviewing that guidance", Wong said during a Senate Foreign Relations subcommittee hearing on Asia, adding that the guidance would be implemented in line with US laws and regulations concerning the ZTE case.

Shenzhen-based ZTE had to halt most of its business operations and faced serious challenges of survival after the US Commerce Department made a decision to ban US companies from selling components to the Chinese telecommunications equipment maker for seven years.

ZTE, a company with more than 70,000 employees that has supplied some of the world's biggest telecom companies, said in early May that it had halted its main operations as a result of US action.

Despite the US ban, the Washington Free Beacon has reported that ZTE was selling equipment to the Pentagon and Homeland Security Department.

"The president said as recently as last month that trade wars are 'easy to win.' But here he'd be acting as if China has so huge a trade advantage over the USA that we're too afraid to even enforce our own laws".

"Through closed-door negotiations during Liu He's visit, China could make concessions and offer more benefits to the United States side on a wide range of issues [after Trump's concessions on ZTE]". -China business forum in Beijing. The Chinese government has strongly condemned and firmly opposed the unfounded investigation and the proposed tariffs against Chinese products. For another, the USA and Beijing are now locked in tense negotiations to avoid a protracted trade war, thanks to the president's decision to slap Chinese imports with a vast array of tariffs.

"The time is right for China to make changes they should have been making for the past 15-20 years", Kudlow said. Their proponents can point not only to Asia's main economies as fellow practitioners, but also to a young U.S. However, Trump tells Americans to just "be cool" about it, because it will apparently all work out fine. But as it was not, Hamilton contended, the US should protect its industries with tariffs, while supporting them with "bounties" - government subsidies.

But an unexpected twist happened over the weekend when Trump said on Twitter that he is going to help get ZTE back to business.

"The U.S. still needs China", he says.

The pre-installed software was discovered on Android phones and was produced by Shanghai Adups Technology Co. and deployed on more than 700 million phones, cars, and other smart devices.

Hu says some members of China's liberal minority worry that the country's security fears "could cause it to close itself off, over-emphasize self-sufficiency or even revert to the era of Chairman Mao".