Trump to request possible probe of China trade practices

According to a third senior administration official, these investigations could take as much as a year before the US Trade Representative could come out with its determination.

According to Trump advisors, on Monday, the president plans to sign an executive memorandum, which is a step below an executive order, directing trade officials to investigate China's "acts, policies or practices" that violate global protections for American intellectual property, innovations and technology.

The ranting statement said that it was the country's 'steadfast will...to put an end to the hostile moves of the USA which has imposed misfortunes and sufferings upon the Korean people for over half a century and win the final victory in the stand-off with imperialism and the U.S'.

Amid heightened tensions this morning, a Chinese state-run newspaper called on Beijing on Friday to "stay neutral" if North Korea strikes first in a conflict with the United States, despite a mutual defence pact between the Asian allies.

"President Trump and President Xi agreed North Korea must stop its provocative and escalatory behavior", the statement said.

"These are totally unrelated events", a senior administration official told reporters.

Pyongyang and Washington have traded military threats since last Thursday when Trump warned North Korean leader Kim Jong-un that further threats by him would be "met with fire and fury". "All parts of this administration, within the White House and the Cabinet agencies, are fully engaged on this issue and fully united on this issue".

President Trump plans to get tougher on trade with China. -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 past year stood at more than $300 billion.

Additional evidence of a connection between the trade action and the North Korea crisis comes from the fact the executive memorandum Trump will sign on Monday was originally expected more than a week ago.

While China joined in a unanimous U.N. Security Council decision to tighten economic sanctions on Pyongyang over its long-range missile tests, it is not clear whether Trump thinks Beijing is doing enough. That effort passed by a 15-0 vote.

The measure would seek to address what the USA business community has described as flagrant trade violations by China, which employs a variety of rules and practices to wall its market off from foreign competition and pressure US companies to part with valuable product designs and trade secrets - or to steal them outright. "And I think China will do a lot more". "This is simply business".

"Most Americans are fully aware that China is stealing our intellectual property", they added.

The American companies "should not be forced or coerced to turn over the fruits of their labor", one official said. "The current trajectory is unsustainable".

US President Donald Trump plans to set in motion an investigation into intellectual property violations by China, a measure aimed at addressing complaints that the economic relationship between the world's two largest economies is stacked in Beijing's favour.

"Trade is trade; national security is national security", said one official, who, like the others, spoke on condition of anonymity in keeping with administration practice.

The second are products that are similar to those China exports in large quantities to the US, such as steel or petrochemical products, Sun said.

Reuters cited USA senior administration officials as saying on Saturday that President Trump will order his top trade adviser on Monday to determine whether to investigate Chinese trade practices that force US firms operating in China to turn over intellectual property.

Used frequently during the Reagan administration in the 1980s, the law allows the United States president to impose tariffs and other measures to force open export markets.

Vanessa Coleman

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