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Choked by US ban, ZTE halts smartphone sales in China

Products pulled from store shelves and online

Smartphones are no longer displayed at a directly run ZTE shop inside the company's headquarters in Shenzhen. (Photo by Yu Nakamura)

SHENZHEN -- ZTE was likely forced to suspend Chinese sales of smartphones by Tuesday as supplies of key components remained cut off by Washington's ban on American technology exports to the company.

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