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Trade war

US ban on ZTE threatens to rattle smartphone supply chain

Chinese company's production nearly grinds to a halt as US parts supply dries up

A worker assembles telecommunications equipment at a ZTE plant in Shenzhen. ZTE has all but halted production after losing access to vital U.S.-made parts. (Photo by Yu Nakamura)

BEIJING -- The U.S. government's move last week to bar ZTE from buying American technology looks set to not only cripple the Chinese smartphone maker, but reverberate through the global telecommunications supply chain as well.

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