Trump White House to look into China's trade practices

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Mr. Trump, who will interrupt a 17-day working vacation to make a day trip to Washington for the trade announcement, had been expected to seek a so-called Section 301 investigation earlier this month, but an announcement was postponed as the White House pressed for China's co-operation on North Korea.

President Donald Trump is set to sign an executive order to probe China's "unfair" trade practices that harm American businesses and have an impact on its intellectual properties, a senior official said.

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.

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, who has been residing at his golf club in Bedminster, New Jersey, for the past week, plans to return to Washington on Monday to officially announce the trade investigation.

Trump's threat to investigate China's intellectual property and trade practices is valid, but his administration may not be up to the delicate task of carrying out a new China probe without sparking a damaging trade war, US business lobbyists said last week. "They know how I feel", Trump told reporters on Thursday. Trump made addressing the US trade deficit with China a centerpiece of his campaign previous year, and has suggested raising tariffs on goods from China.

Trump's order will initiate a two-stage process for confronting China over a variety of "laws, policies, practices or actions" that require American companies to transfer valuable technology or other proprietary information to get permission to do business in China.

At the same time, it could alienate China's leadership, which is urging the Trump administration to limit its confrontational language as it faces off against the regime in Pyongyang.

They added, "If Americans continue to have their best technologies and intellectual property stolen or forcibly transferred off-shore, the United States will find it hard to maintain its current technology leadership position".

Sun said there were two kinds of Taiwanese products that could be hurt by possible trade sanctions, the most obvious being goods assembled in China before they are shipped to the U.S.

The results of three separate investigations into trade deficits and the national security threats posed by imports of steel and aluminum, initially expected by the end of June, have yet to appear.

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

Trump, however, also informed Xi about the pending probe into China's trade practices, according to two U.S. officials with knowledge of the conversation.

Trump has not yet signed an order to launch such an investigation, she said, and her agency can not assess its possible impact on Taiwan until Washington discloses detailed information on the products that will be investigated. Responding to a question, a senior administration official said many other countries are facing similar problem with respect to China.

The United States should resort to rules of the World Trade Organization (WTO), not unilateral trade tools such as Section 301, to resolve trade disputes with China, a former White House economist has said.

"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", said Michael Wessel, a member of the U.S. "China's forced technology transfer is highly institutionalised", the official said. -China trade ties and of resolving differences "through dialogue and consultation".

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