The US Commerce Secretary has officially confirmed that it is seeking alternative solutions to the draconian sanctions it has imposed on Chinese telecommunications vendor ZTE. The sanctions have forced the Chinese telecoms colossus to suspend all of its major operations which now puts the company on the brink of collapse.

Read more: US confirms it’s seeking solutions for its sanctions against Chinese telecoms firm

China Telecom Global (CTG), a subsidiary of China Telecom Corporation Limited - one of the world's largest providers of integrated telecommunication services, and Liquid Telecom, a leading pan-African telecoms group, announced the signing of a historic strategic partnership whereby the two companies will collaborate to provide Africa and Asia with industry-leading network solutions and services.

Read more: Historic partnership between major Asian and African telecoms services providers

US President Donald Trump has angrily rejected claims that it has given in to Chinese demands over the ban imposed on telecommunications vendor ZTE. The US Commerce Department imposed a seven-year ban on ZTE exporting US technology after it claimed that the company had failed to take the appropriate action against employees that where responsible for trade violations in both Iran and North Korea.

Read more: Trump rejects claims he has ‘folded’ over ZTE in trade talks

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