Donald Trump to request possible probe of China trade practices

Thousands of North Korea's top military officers have marched through Pyongyang in a show of support for their dictator Kim Jong-un

Thousands of North Korea's top military officers have marched through Pyongyang in a show of support for their dictator Kim Jong-un

Trump has suggested he would go easier on China if it were more forceful in getting North Korea to rein in its nuclear weapons programme. 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 U.S. economy is estimated to be as high as United States dollars 600 billion a year.

After the telephones talks on Saturday, the White House said in a statement that the two leaders discussed the increasingly risky situation associated with North Korea's destabilizing and escalatory behavior. "And I think China will do a lot more".

"It is critical that the Trump administration exhaust all diplomatic options before resorting to military force", Cicilline wrote.

Trump said Friday that he planned to call Chinese President Xi Jinping that evening. Xi, in his phone conversation with Trump, urged calm.

Donald Trump to request possible probe of China trade practices

The title of the so-called "301 investigation" that Trump is expected to call for Lighthizer to consider, refers to Section 301 of the U.S. Trade Act of 1974, which authorizes the president to work to remove or retaliate against a practice by a foreign government that is "unjustifiable and burdens or restricts United States commerce".

Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer took issue with that assessment.

Trump also reiterated their mutual commitment to denuclearisation of the Korean Peninsula, it added.

An administration official, however, insisted diplomacy over North Korea and the potential trade probe were "totally unrelated", saying the trade action was not a pressure tactic.

France's Macron speaks to Trump, warns over N Korea escalation
He sounds like the leader of North Korea , not the leader of the United States. There is no military solution to the North Korea nuclear issue.

Calling it "the responsibility of all", Macron called on the global community to "act in a concerted, firm and effective manner, as it has just done in the (U.N.) Security Council, to bring North Korea back to the path of dialogue".

"These are two different things", the official said, speaking to reporters on a conference call.

Any investigation that may be launched could take as long as a year to conclude, a third official said.

Michael Wessel, a commissioner on the US-China Economic and Security Review Commission, called the measure "a critical action, and long overdue".

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In a background briefing with reporters on Saturday, White House officials pointed to frustration from US businesses that they have to share intellectual property with China as a condition for doing business in the country. But they may not know that China is forcing and coercing American companies that operate in China to turn over their technology.

If the investigation finds that China is harming U.S. companies, the Trump administration could respond by imposing tariffs, negotiating an agreement with China or other measures, the officials said.

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