After a nerve-wracking two weeks for one of China’s biggest telecommunications companies, ZTE, it appears sanctions laid against them by the US will be temporarily lifted, easing diplomatic and commercial tensions between the world’s two biggest superpowers.

A senior official at the US Department of Commerce said on Sunday that the sanctions would be temporarily lifted this week, allowing ZTE to once again source components from the US.

The sanctions were put in place earlier this month following a statement by the US Department of Commerce which claimed the Chinese company had violated trade restrictions on Iran by re-exporting US made components to the black-listed country. The blacklist is designed to clamp down on companies that could potentially aid in the development of an Iranian nuclear program.

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Cate Cadell

Cate is a tech writer. She worked as a journalist in Australia, Mongolia and Myanmar. You can reach her (in Chinese or English) at: @catecadell or catecadell@technode.com