Washington — The US House voted to punish China’s ZTE as part of an annual defence policy bill, as US Congress pressures US President Donald Trump not to weaken sanctions on the telecomms equipment maker accused of violating trade-sanction agreements and posing a threat to US national security. The defence measure passed on a 351-66 vote on Thursday. It would ban government agencies from using technology made by ZTE and would prohibit the US defence Department from renewing contracts with vendors that work with the Chinese company. It would also bar government use of Chinese-made video surveillance equipment. The measure also would apply to several other Chinese companies, including Hytera Communications, Hangzhou Hikvision Digital Technology, and Zhejiang Dahua Technology. ZTE became a flash point in US-China relations after the administration crippled the company by cutting it off from US suppliers for allegedly violating terms of a 2017 settlement over Iran and North Korea sancti...

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