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Trump's Telecom Salvos Plunge China Talks Into The Unknown

Law360 (May 16, 2019, 9:52 PM EDT) -- The prospects for a sweeping U.S.-China trade deal were looking dim even before President Donald Trump dealt a pair of blows to Beijing's mighty telecom sector on Wednesday, a move that injected even more uncertainty into the already-fraught negotiations.

Wednesday saw Trump first sign an executive order that deemed the threat of foreign interference in U.S. telecommunications a national emergency and empowered the government to block telecom-related imports from foreign adversaries.

A White House official said that the order was not directed at any country in particular, but the administration removed any doubt of its aims minutes later as the U.S....

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