President Trump on Monday will direct U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer to determine whether to initiate a Section 301 investigation into China's intellectual property practices, according to senior administration officials. There is no deadline for deciding if any investigation is necessary. South Korea and the United States fired off missiles on July 5 simulating a precision strike against North Korea's leadership, in response to a landmark ICBM test described by Kim Jong-Un as a gift to "American bastards".
In an interview with MSNBC, Colonel Lawrence Wilkerson, who served in Vietnam and also worked as assistant to Powell when he was Ronald Regan's National Security Adviser, said that Trump was acting like he was negotiating a deal with casino mogul Steve Wynn. They were not authorized to publicly discuss the private call and spoke on condition of anonymity.
President Donald Trump will start the beginning steps Monday of a long awaited crackdown on Chinese intellectual property practices, administration officials told reporters Saturday.
The concerns about China's practices include policies that encourage businesses to share or turn over their technology to joint venture partners, and China's use of state funds to promote its own intellectual property. But, as The Washington Post notes, the paper isn't an "official mouthpiece" for the party.
"Most Americans feel that China is stealing our intellectual property".
President Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping meet on the sidelines of the Group of 20 Summit last month in Hamburg.
China has repeatedly urged both countries to stay calm and avoid words or actions that could escalate the current conflict.
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Regional tensions are mounting as Washington and Pyongyang ratchet up their war of words, with Trump warning Pyongyang. In 2009, a North Korean rocket passed over Japanese territory without incident or any attempt to shoot it down.
"We would like to emphasize that the Chinese government has always attached importance to intellectual property protection", a spokesman said.
Trump on Thursday hardened his warning that North Korea would face "fire and fury" if it kept threatening the U.S., saying maybe that tough talk "wasn't tough enough".
Trump's latest move does not mean any immediate sanctions on China as is being reported by some media outlets, but might lead to one at the end of the investigation which could take as long as a year.
In addition to the U.S., the EU, Japan, Germany and Canada have all expressed concern about China's behavior on intellectual property theft.
"China's been engaged in the theft and forced transfer of US technologies and intellectual property for years".
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.
Similarly, the president also asked for a review about whether steel and aluminum imports were jeopardizing national security. The report has yet to be released.