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    Trump Orders Reversal of Sanctions on Chinese Telecom Giant

    Hold the phone. Chinese mobile phone maker ZTE was barred from buying key American components and virtually put out of business last month after the U.S. Commerce Department found the company was violating sanctions against selling to North Korea and Iran. But now President Donald Trump says he’s working with Chinese President Xi Jinping to reverse ZTE’s downfall, ordering the Commerce Department to “get it done.” It’s an unusual executive intervention in a case largely seen as a legal matter, but one welcomed in China amid mounting trade tensions.

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