U.S. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross has said he is looking into alternative measures to discipline troubled ZTE Corp., according to the Wall Street Journal, following an unexpected tweet from the President offering assistance to the Chinese telecoms equipment maker.
“ZTE did do some inappropriate things … the question is are there alternative remedies to the ones we had originally put forward and that’s the area we will be exploring very, very promptly,” Ross said on Monday.
A White House spokesperson said that the President had issued the instructions due to ZTE being “an issue of high concern for China,” which had “been brought up at a number of levels as part of bilateral talks on a number of issues.”
It is unclear as to whether the Chinese government offered any concessions that may have sparked yesterday’s tweet. The spokesperson added: “In our bilateral relationship, there’s a give and take.”