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Qualcomm extends NXP stock buy again; China still a stumbling block

The fog of trade war continues to creep in. While The South China Morning Post reported yesterday that China’s regulatory agency the Ministry of Commerce, or Mofcom, finally approved Qualcomm’s $44 billion deal to purchase NXP, the news service Reuters said its sources close to the deal are saying it’s no deal, yet.

One thing we do know for sure: Qualcomm has extended its offer to buy NXP stock to June 22. The offer was going to expire on June 15.

Chinese regulators have been holding up approval of the Qualcomm/NXP deal on anti-trust grounds. They are the only regulatory agency out of nine country-based agencies that is stopping the deal from going through. Eight other countries have already given the green light on the acquisition.

Elsewhere in U.S.-China tech trade relations, the U.S. is still embroiled in working out its issues with ZTE. The latest is Trump administration now aims to protect an agreement with ZTE that lifts the export ban on the company buying U.S. tech goods. That $1.4 billion agreement, which includes embedded monitors with ZTE to ensure that it abides by U.S. trade rules, has been threatened by a bipartisan group of senators who added a reinstatement of the ban to a comprehensive defense spending bill. Meanwhile, the Trump Administration also announced yesterday that it will collect tariffs on certain Chinese goods that that “contain industrially significant technologies.” The Telecommunications Industry Association released a statement this morning expressing dissatisfaction with those tariffs.

“We are extremely disappointed that the administration has opted to employ this trade remedy,” said TIA’s SVP of Government Affairs Cinnamon Rogers, adding that “The administration’s response stands to hurt one of the most innovative sectors of the American economy, making it more expensive to manufacture advanced telecom products here in the United States. This could result in job losses as well as higher costs for consumers.”

Qualcomm started its bid for NXP Semiconductor in October 2016. The San Diego-based Qualcomm deflected Broadcom’s hostile takeover bid in 2017.

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Susan Rambo
Susan Rambo
Susan Rambo covers 5G for RCR Wireless News. Prior to RCR Wireless, she was executive editor on EE Times, Embedded.com, EDN.com, Planet Analog and EBNOnline. She served also EE Times’ editor in chief and the managing editor for Embedded Systems Programing magazine, a popular how-to design magazine for embedded systems programmers. Her BA in fine art from UCLA is augmented with a copyediting certificate and design coursework from UC Berkeley and UCSC Extensions, respectively. After straddling the line between art and science for years, science may be winning. She is an amateur astronomer who lugs her telescope to outreach events at local schools. She loves to hear about the life cycle of stars and semiconductors alike. She is based in the San Francisco Bay Area. Follow her on Twitter @susanm_rambo.

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