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Trade war

US Senate votes to block Trump's ZTE deal

Move comes amid escalating trade tensions with China

A woman stands outside a building of ZTE Beijing research and development center in Beijing   © Reuters

NEW YORK -- The U.S. Congress moved a step closer to reviving sanctions against ZTE on Monday, with the Senate greenlighting a must-pass defense spending bill that voids the Commerce Department's $1.4 billion deal with the Chinese cellphone maker.

The National Defense Authorization Act, known as the NDAA, approves a $716 billion budget for mainly the Defense Department and passed 85-10.

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