Trump White House to look into China's trade practices

UN Approves New North Korea Sanctions Over Missile Tests

UN Approves New North Korea Sanctions Over Missile Tests

Trump will instruct his chief trade adviser on Monday to investigate allegations that China violated USA intellectual property rights and forced companies to share their technology in order to do business there, Politico reported.

If Trump announces the investigation, it would come at a time Trump and members of his administration have called on China to do more to rein in North Korea amid recent intercontinental ballistic missile tests.

President Trump plans to call for an investigation into China's intellectual property practices, according to reports Friday.

"The Chinese leader expressed Beijing's willingness to maintain communication with the appropriately resolve the Korean Peninsula nuclear issue", the network reported.

On Saturday, administration officials said the new trade measure was "totally unrelated" to events involving North Korea.

"President Trump and President Xi agreed North Korea must stop its provocative and escalatory behavior", the statement said. -China trade ties and of resolving differences "through dialogue and consultation".

"By trying to incriminate Beijing as an accomplice in the DPRK's nuclear adventure and blame it for a failure that is essentially a failure of all stakeholders, Trump risks making the serious mistake of splitting up the worldwide coalition that is the means to resolve the issue peacefully", it said.

But trade and national security experts widely noted that 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 on August 5. It was not immediately clear whether he was talking about trade as the subject. "President Trump is committed to protect America's intellectual property and national security", the official said.

United States and European companies have long complained of Chinese rules that force them to turn over their industrial secrets if they wish to do business in China.

The manufacturer of the iPhone was forced in late July to remove certain apps that would have allowed users to circumvent extensive online restrictions imposed by the Chinese government. Meanwhile, 100 days of trade talks with the Chinese carried out in past months resulted in a few trade gains but not the ambitious changes the administration had hoped for.

The USTR Robert Lighthizer would consider whether to probe China's trade practices under Section 301 of the Trade Act, senior administration officials said, but they declined to say when the USTR's decision would be made. The process can bypass World Trade Organization procedures for adjudicating grievances. American companies "should not be forced or coerced to turn over the fruits of their labour", the official said, adding that the cost of intellectual theft on United States economy is estimated to be as high as Dollars 600 billion a year. That initiative sets forth a long-term plan for China's dominance in a wide variety of high-tech industries, including electric vehicles, advanced medical products and robotics.

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