Trump White House to look into China's trade practices

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"If China helps us, I feel a lot different toward trade". The Trump administration was expected to move directly into the investigation, so the memorandum reflects the more measured approach the administration also appears to be taking with steel and aluminum.

President Trump is planning to ask his staff to consider investigating Chinese trade practices, senior White House officials said Saturday.

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

The President will call on his chief trade advisor, Robert Lighthizer, to open an investigation into China's intellectual property practices on Monday.

"I think China can do a lot more", Trump told reporters on Thursday.

The president has publicly linked the issue of trade fairness with his calls on China to pressure North Korea to drop its weapons program and inflammatory rhetoric.

President Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping meet on the sidelines of the Group of 20 Summit last month in Hamburg.

He says: "The Chinese side hopes all related parties will exercise caution in their words and actions and make greater efforts to alleviate the tense situation and enhance mutual trust, while not traveling the old path of making displays of strength and constantly exacerbating the situation".

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He said: "I am concerned by reports that detainees are not receiving due legal process and are being held in inhumane conditions". North Korean leader Kim Jong Un wants world recognition for his regime and the US needs to stop backing him into a corner.

It's unclear whether any actual repercussions for China, like sanctions or tariffs, would come from an investigation like this, and officials said there is no timeline for how long an investigation would take. "It's not going to continue like that", Trump said from his golf club in Bedminster, N.J. They said that USA companies had long suffered because of Chinese intellectual property violations, and that they expected Congress and the business community to support the measure. They added that the trade measure would be carried out under the rules of worldwide law and would not trigger greater conflict with China.

In addition to the United States, the European Union, Japan, Germany and Canada have all expressed concern about China's behaviour on intellectual property theft.

Next week the United States is scheduled to embark on its first round of renegotiations of the North American Free Trade Agreement.

"We would like to emphasize that the Chinese government has always attached importance to intellectual property protection", a spokesman said.

Like the president, Lighthizer has criticized multilateral venues like the World Trade Organization for failing to provide adequate tools to address China's economic violations.

The United States has previously complained at the WTO about Chinese trade policies, including its "Made in China 2025" initiative, which seeks to have Chinese-made materials account for 70 percent of manufacturing inputs within the next eight years.

The administration has been eyeing other moves to rebalance the U.S.

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