Politics Trump moves to pressure China on trade practices

01:23  13 august  2017
01:23  13 august  2017 Source:   The Hill

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President Trump will sign an executive memorandum on Monday authorizing the U.S. trade representative to determine whether to investigate China 's intellectual property and trade practices , according to senior administration officials.

Trump is considering encouraging U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer to initiate an investigation of Chinese trade practices under The United States has pressed China to exert more economic and diplomatic pressure on North Korea to help rein in its nuclear and missile programs.

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While administration officials said Saturday that it's too early to discuss specific actions against China, such an investigation could eventually pave the way for Trump to impose tariffs on Chinese goods.

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Trump is expected to return to Washington from his golf club in Bedminster, N.J. on Monday to sign the memo.

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Trump is considering encouraging U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer to initiate an investigation of Chinese trade practices under The United States has pressed China to exert more economic and diplomatic pressure on North Korea to help rein in its nuclear and missile programs.

Lighthizer will recommend whether an official investigation into trade practices is warranted. Trump has been trying for months to get China to exert more pressure on North Korea, but has recently The administration has been eyeing other moves to rebalance the U.S.- China trading relationship.

CNN reported earlier Saturday that Trump spoke with Chinese President Xi Jinping about the upcoming memo during a phone call Friday.

Administration officials, however, said that that call focused on Washington's current tensions with North Korea and an official readout of the conversation provided by the White House did not mention China's trade practices.

Trump's memo comes amid heightened tensions between the U.S. and North Korea and increasing frustration in the White House that China has not done more to rein in Pyongyang.

But a senior administration official said that concerns over China's trade practices have been longstanding, and that the president's memo was unrelated to efforts to put pressure on Beijing over North Korea.

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China 's leader that he's preparing to order an investigation into Chinese trade practices next week, a The move could lay the groundwork for Trump to impose tariffs against Chinese imports, which Trump has being trying for months to get China to exert more pressure on North Korea, but has

While China joined the rest of the United Nations Security Council last week in voting for new sanctions against North Korea, Trump has continued to call on China to do more in regards to Pyongyang, suggesting this week that he would go easier on China if it stepped up its efforts to rein in its reclusive neighbor.

Trump was expected to sign the executive memo earlier this month, but according to Reuters the decision was delayed in order to press for China's cooperation on North Korea.


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