Economy ABCs of ZTE: Tech firm in focus amid US-China trade dispute Updated : May 14, 2018 05:30 PM IST It's a partially state-owned company based in the southern Chinese tech hub of Shenzhen that makes cellphones and network switching and other telecommunications equipment. During China-US trade talks in Beijing earlier this month, Chinese officials sought help from the US delegation in getting the ban on doing business with ZTE lifted. Subscribe to Moneycontrol PRO at just Rs.33/- per month for the first year. Use code SUPERPRO. Limited period offer. Available on Web and Android.