UN agency chief: Africans fear fallout of US-ZTE standoff

UN agency chief: Africans fear fallout of US-ZTE standoff
FILE - In this May 8, 2018, file photo, Chinese men pass by a ZTE building in Beijing, China. TPresident Donald rump's hard-line views on trade, a staple of his message long before he entered politics, are beginning to collide with the cold realities of global geopolitics. Trade talks on China and the North American Free Trade Agreement have hit stumbling blocks, posing a challenge for a president who vowed to make trade deals more equitable for the United States during his 2016 campaign and famously tweeted that trade wars are "easy to win." (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan, File)

GENEVA (AP) — The U.N. telecommunications agency’s chief says several African countries are concerned about the possible fallout if Chinese telecom equipment maker ZTE Corp. collapses in a standoff with the United States.

Houlin Zhao, secretary-general of the International Telecommunications Union, said such concerns were raised at the Transform Africa conference in Rwanda this month.

Speaking Monday to reporters in Geneva, Zhao summarized the concerns that if ZTE’s systems were stopped, “then our systems would be stopped as well.”

ZTE said this month it had halted its main operations after the U.S. government blocked it from importing American components for seven years. The Commerce Department accused the company of misleading U.S. regulators over sanctions against North Korea and Iran.

The Trump administration has said it’s reached a deal to keep ZTE in business.