Trump to launch investigation into China trade violations

Meanwhile, "the legal timeline of the process under Section 301" doesn't work well with the rules of the WTO, said Bown, who previously worked as a senior economist for global trade and investment in the White House Council of Economic Advisers and the World Bank. "In front of this threat, the global community should act concretely, firmly and efficiently".

Several administration officials outlined the highly preliminary trade action to reporters Saturday, suggesting - contrary to Trump's own statements - that trade policy toward China is divorced from any national security concern, including North Korea.

The White House says that Trump - in a phone call Friday to President Xi Jinping (shee jihn-peeng) - saluted Xi for China's United Nations vote to impose tougher sanctions on North Korea.

As the crisis has unfolded, Trump has alternated praising China for its help and chiding it for not doing more.

"I do think the United States and China need to sit down and negotiate a new trade deal, probably not a bilateral deal, but through some kind of multilateral forum to really address the heart of the problems that the two countries have with each other", he said.

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DPRK stands for North Korea's official name, the Democratic People's Republic of Korea.

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It continued, "If the Trump administration does not want the American empire to meet its tragic doom in its tenure, they had better talk and act properly".

But trade and national security experts widely noted the announcement appeared to have been delayed until after China joined the United States in voting for sanctions against North Korea at a United Nations Security Council session August 5. While the White House said the leaders reaffirmed their commitment to rid the Korean peninsula of nuclear weapons, Trump has previously criticized China for not reining in North Korea, and threatened trade measures if Xi fails to act.

The new measure comes amid high tensions between Washington and Beijing.

The report quotes Xi as saying: "At present, the relevant parties must maintain restraint and avoid words and deeds that would exacerbate the tension on the Korean Peninsula".

French President Emmanuel Macron made a plea to de-escalate tensions with North Korea and called on the worldwide community to proceed toward new measures aimed at an irreversible dismantling of the country's nuclear program. China is the North's biggest economic partner and source of aid, but says it alone can't compel Pyongyang to end its nuclear and missile programs.

U.S President Donald Trump and French President Emmanuel Macron attend the traditional Bastille day military parade on the Champs-Elysées in Paris last month.

The announcement expected Monday comes amid sharply escalating tensions, with Trump warning that US military options are "locked and loaded" if North Korean President Kim Jong-Un acts unwisely. "An important question going forward will be whether USA companies and trade associations who have highlighted the problem will actually come forward and assist our government in the investigation or whether they will hide the facts, fearful that our government won't follow through, that the Chinese will retaliate against their interests or that they'll have to admit what's happened to their critical assets".

Vanessa Coleman