Donald Trump to order investigation into Chinese trade practices

Donald Trump to order investigation into Chinese trade practices

Donald Trump to order investigation into Chinese trade practices

There is no deadline for deciding if any investigation is necessary.

On Friday, Mr Trump tweeted that United States military solutions were "fully in place, locked and loaded, should North Korea act unwisely".

It was not clear how much detail Trump would provide in his announcement, Politico said, but added that administration officials expected US Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer to open a probe. They were not authorized to publicly discuss the private call and spoke on condition of anonymity.

The concerns about China's practices include policies that encourage businesses to share or turn over their technology to joint venture partners, and China's use of state funds to promote its own intellectual property. Under Section 301, USTR may determine whether to trigger an investigation of "any". But, as The Washington Post notes, the paper isn't an "official mouthpiece" for the party.

It wasn't immediately clear how China would react to the move.

On Saturday, administration officials said the new trade measure was "totally unrelated" to events with North Korea.

President Trump plans to get tougher on trade with China.

"I think China can do a lot more", Trump told reporters on Thursday.

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When reports of the potential trade investigation first emerged more than a week ago, China's Commerce Ministry stressed the importance of U.S.

Trump has escalated his harsh criticism of North Korea for days, tweeting Friday that the US had military options "locked and loaded".

President Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping meet on the sidelines of the Group of 20 Summit last month in Hamburg.

"President Trump is committed to protect America's intellectual property and national security", the official said.

In the past week Donald Trump has retweeted his threats to rain down fire and fury, boasted about the readiness of his nuclear army and told a nation his "military solutions" were "fully in place, locked and loaded, should North Korea act unwisely". This past week, Trump said he could soften his views on trade if China stepped up its assistance, leading to speculation that the investigation could be a negotiating tactic.

In addition to the United States, the European Union, Japan, Germany and Canada have all expressed concern about China's behaviour on IP theft.

"China's been engaged in the theft and forced transfer of USA technologies and intellectual property for years". -China trading relationship. But analysts have cautioned that Trump faces a huge challenge in his desire to significantly reduce the USA trade deficit with China, which previous year stood at more than $300 billion.

Similarly, the president also asked for a review about whether steel and aluminum imports were jeopardizing national security.

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