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Donald Trump to launch investigation into China trade violations

13 Août 2017

United States president Donald Trump and French President Emmanuel Macron spoke by phone on Saturday and agreed to work together on a crisis on the Korean Peninsula, the White House said in a statement.

Yang explained that the 301 Section of the Trade Act of 1974 was created to investigate "unfair trade" practices, including in areas involving intellectual property rights such as trademarks, patents and copyrights. "And I think China will do a lot more".

Trump will direct US Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer to determine if an investigation is warranted of "any of China's laws, policies, practices or actions that may be unreasonable or discriminatory, and that may be harming American intellectual property, innovation and technology", the official said.

Trump has being trying for months to get China to exert more pressure on North Korea, but has recently expressed frustration with the lack of progress.

The Chinese policies of an American company to enter into a join venture with a Chinese company to do business is "not fair", the official said.

The former vice president said that Mr. Trump's comments while speaking at the Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster, New Jersey, on Tuesday were "unwise", but he expressed confidence in Defense Secretary James Mattis and National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster.

The White House says Trump also told Xi he looked forward to seeing him in China later this year.

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The second are products that are similar to those China exports in large quantities to the USA, such as steel or petrochemical products, Sun said. Xi urged both sides not to do anything that would aggravate tensions. 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.

This has triggered concerns that Washington may take unilateral moves harming China-US trade and economic ties, Xinhua reported on Saturday.

A 2013 report by a commission co-chaired by Jon Huntsman, ambassador to China under President Barack Obama and Trump's nominee to be Russian envoy, pegged the losses from USA intellectual property theft at hundreds of billions of dollars annually that cost the United States economy millions of jobs.

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

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

Donald Trump to launch investigation into China trade violations