Trump to order probe into China's intellectual property policy

A man looks at replicas of a North Korean Scud-B missile and South Korean missiles at the Korean War Memorial in Seoul on Thursday.
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A man looks at replicas of a North Korean Scud-B missile and South Korean missiles at the Korean War Memorial in Seoul on Thursday. AFP Contributor AFP Getty Images

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.

It may also prove to be a source of leverage to push China to do more to help contain a rising security threat from North Korea, which counts Beijing as its only powerful ally. Trump suggested that if China helped rein in North Korea, which is reliant on Beijing's economic and security aid, he could lighten up on his attacks on Chinese trade practices, which were a mainstay of his election campaign. If approved, the investigation is expected to take as much as a year, officials said.

President Trump plans to get tougher on trade with China. "If the US and South Korea carry out strikes and try to overthrow the North Korean regime and change the political pattern of the Korean Peninsula, China will prevent them from doing so".

In a call Friday, Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping agreed that North Korea must stop its "provocative and escalatory behavior" and reaffirmed their commitment to denuclearizing the Korean Peninsula, the White House said. President Trump has previously chastised China for not doing enough about the hermit nation, however, an administration official said the move Monday is unrelated to North Korea.

"If this is the expression of Trumpian economic nationalism, most trade advocates are going to breath a sigh of relief", said Scott Lincicome, an global trade attorney at the law firm White & Case.

"Most Americans are fully aware that China is stealing our intellectual property", they added.

He simply will initiate the latest investigation of intellectual property theft in a long line of them running back through past administrations. But at a time when the far-right Modi administration is flirting with the USA, a judicial coup against Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif changed everything and contributed to the American strategy of encirclement.

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

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. -China trading relationship. But analysts have cautioned that Trump faces a huge challenge in his desire to significantly reduce the US trade deficit with China, which a year ago stood at more than $300 billion.

"The United States government can, and does, work with countries to address serious concerns such as North Korea while also pursuing measures to address economic concerns, such as the theft of U.S. intellectual property", a U.S. National Security Council official said. "I've heard folks say, 'It's not going well, but a trade war would not be the best thing for us, dialogue is the better path.' And there are others who say, 'Bring it on, '" he said.

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