Published: Sun, August 13, 2017
Global Media | By Meredith Barber

Donald Trump to request possible probe of China trade practices

Donald Trump to request possible probe of China trade practices

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. Lighthizer will recommend whether an official investigation into trade practices is warranted. "If China helps us, I feel a lot different towards trade".

Mr Trump's threat to investigate China's IP 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, U.S. business lobbyists said.

"It's somewhat reminiscent to me of the history of World War I and how the world kind of blundered into that", Clapper told Don Lemon on "CNN Tonight" on Thursday.

The officials would not confirm reports that the trade action Trump plans to initiate on Monday had been delayed more than a week, until the administration secured China's support last week to win a unanimous vote in the U.N. Security Council for imposing new sanctions on North Korea.

As a prime example of what the officials called China's "unfair trade practices", they objected that the country requires American businesses that want to operate there to form joint ventures with state-run companies and share intellectual property with them. Trump has previously expressed frustration that China hasn't done more to economically punish North Korea.

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 cooperation on North Korea.

Donald Trump to request possible probe of China trade practices

Such thefts not only damage American companies, but also pose a threat to the U.S. national security, the second official said. "He has genuine concern about the direction of events in North Korea".

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe says he will do everything he can to protect the Japanese people as tensions escalate over North Korean plans to send missiles flying over Japan toward Guam. 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.

The president's trade action will be a long way from any punitive move against China, despite his and his advisors' open talk of Chinese "theft" and "stealing" of USA companies' intellectual property, which broadly includes technological innovations, film and other artistic products, industrial designs and military secrets.

The measure would seek to address what the United States 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 U.S. companies to part with valuable product designs and trade secrets - or to steal them outright. -China trade ties and of resolving differences "through dialogue and consultation".

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

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